A new Mini-Heap…

  1. On Twitter, women academics have fewer followers, likes, and retweets than their male counterparts — What about philosophy in particular? Follow Carolyn Dicey Jennings(@diceyjennings) on Twitter, where she posted our numbers (here)
  2. Lawsuit against conspiracy theorist and emeritus philosophy professor James Fetzer successful — he was sued by the father of one of the children killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting
  3. “What is the point of secular pilgrimage?” — Julian Baggini reflects on his visit to Wittgenstein’s restored home and other philosophical landmarks
  4. “How should we understand (conceptually) and assess (morally and politically) leaks, whistleblowing, and espionage?” — Candice Delmas (Northeastern) looks at these issues in the context of the current impeachment inquiry
  5. “Adjunct Barbie™ is a part-time college instructor who’s almost, but not quite, ready to give up on her dreams” — comes with accessories such as “mix-and-match lanyards” for her four different school IDs, and a purple briefcase that holds “up to 200 ungraded papers”
  6. Against letters of recommendation for job candidates (until they’re on the shortlist) — they aren’t very informative, they’re too time-consuming, and they perpetuate biases
  7. “Under the guise of protecting speech and defending viewpoint diversity, the government is promoting a political ideology—an effort that people… who are committed to academic freedom should reject.” — Sigal Ben-Porath (U. Penn) on government threats to academic freedom

Mini-Heap posts appear when 7 or so new items accumulate in the Heap of Links, the ever-growing collection of items from around the web that may be of interest to philosophers.

The Heap of Links consists partly of suggestions from readers; if you find something online that you think would be of interest to the philosophical community, please send it in for consideration for the Heap. Thanks!



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