Links of interest to those interested in philosophy…


  1. How irrational are humans? — Kevin Dorst (Oxford, Pitt) brings a skeptical eye to the irrationalist picture we get from behavioral economics & social psychology
  2. The ethics of social distancing during the pandemic — Wired seeks guidance from T.M. Scanlon (Harvard), Debbie Roberts (Edinburgh), and Max Hayward (Sheffield)
  3. Should the schools close because of the coronavirus? One way to turn that question into a lesson plan — an argument map for the both “yes” and “no” positions and a link to discussion question (via Aidan Kestigian)
  4. “How could he see so clearly the need to respect the vulnerable and then abuse those under his spiritual care?” — reflections on philosopher & theologian Jean Vanier, who was found to have sexually abused six women, from a philosopher who once worked for him
  5. “When race scholars ask whether or not race is modern, they end up answering six entirely different questions” — Adam Hochman (Macquarie) on what we can learn from disentangling these questions
  6. Philosophers on videogames — GamesRadar asks philosophers: what topics should the new installment in the BioShock series address?
  7. “99% of college professors say that developing critical thinkers is the most important thing they do and they’re already doing it. But 75% of employers say the kids they hire after 16 years of school don’t have those skills.” — the first episode of a new podcast series features an interview with education researcher Jonathan Haber

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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