A new Mini-Heap of links…

  1. “There’s no general algorithm for designing experiments to guard them against failure” — Philip Kitcher (Columbia) provides an informative review of a pair of books on problems with biomedical research (via Dan Weiskopf)
  2. “Practical Suggestions for My Cis Colleagues in Philosophy” — some advice, plus a list of resources, from Ray Briggs (Stanford)
  3. “I sometimes characterise my work as a midwife for philosophy—I don’t do the philosophy, but I help bring it into the world!” — an interview with Elizabeth Hannon (of The Forum for Philosophy and the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science)
  4. “On average, replication success rate was 30% and effect sizes were 38 times smaller than those in the original study.” — Jonathan Haidt’s “moral foundations” theory, correlating particular moral concepts with particular political positions, faces replication problems
  5. If contraceptive sex is permissible, then so is gay sex, oral sex, and mutual masturbation—and so it’s not — some of the views, and events in the life, of G.E.M. Anscombe, as detailed by John Schwenkler (FSU), based on his research at U Penn’s Anscombe Archive
  6. “‘Individualistic’ philosophical ethics serves us well… in correcting such misplaced fatalism” — reflections on moral mathematics from Richard Yetter Chappell (Miami)
  7. The Philosopher Cocoon’s excellent series on professional philosophy around the world continues — with a post by Paloma Atencia & Miguel Ángel Sebastian (UNAM) on being philosophers in Mexico

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. Discussion welcome.

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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Duncan Richter
Duncan Richter
4 years ago

It is possible to disagree strongly with Anscombe on sexual ethics and still recognize that she was a great philosopher and that John Schwenkler has written an exemplary biographical essay about her. Perhaps that goes without saying, but just in case…

Duncan Richter
Duncan Richter
Reply to  Justin Weinberg
4 years ago

It’s certainly all right to mention her beliefs! I fear that she’s sometimes written off as a kook, though, and I’d like to work against that tendency. Perhaps Schwenkler’s essay could have been even better, but, as you say, it is very good.

Reply to  Duncan Richter
4 years ago

The link might also have included her wish to make forced pregnancy a legal requirement as well. That’s a view that she spent a lot of time trying to make actual, importantly enough.