Mini-Heap: recently added philosophy-related reads…

  1. Bridging rancorous political divides: what lessons about how to do this can be gleaned from teaching a moral problems course? — quite a few, says Evan Mandery (John Jay)
  2. One ethical concern with the treatment: it aims to benefit patients by restoring their consciousness, but if successful it may harm those patients by making them aware of their pain — Andrew Peterson (George Mason) and others are looking at the bioethics of using “magic mushrooms” to treat disorders of consciousness
  3. A majestical goddess, Athena, / swooped down from the sky – you’d have seen her / as some kind of bird / when she gave the word / men’s yearning for fighting got keener — The Odyssey in limerick form, from classicist and translator Emily Wilson (U. Penn)
  4. In a liberal democracy, neither distributive justice nor social equality can justify coercive policies aimed at promoting “de-gendered” parenting — but autonomy can, argues Gina Schouten (Harvard)
  5. Faces: they are central to our identities, windows to our thoughts & feelings, hard to hide, and visible from a distance — all of which support reasons to ban facial recognition technology, argue Evan Selinger (RIT) and Woodrow Hartzog (Northeastern) in the NYT
  6. A personal remembrance of an adjunct philosophy professor who died by suicide — JB Manchak (UC Irvine) on Nathan Westbrook
  7. “Should we just cancel the history of art?” — No, but now that #timesup for the idea that artistic talent can excuse immorality, what should galleries and museums do?

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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