Mid-week Mini-Heap…

  1. On the idea “that it is okay (or maybe even required) to make people feel uncomfortable because of their biases or prejudices” — some cautionary notes from Ditte Marie Munch-Jurisic (Roskilde)
  2. Teaching from home? Check out this excellent guide to practices, equipment, technology, and setup — from Mikio Akagai (TCU) (via Nick Byrd & Lewis Powell)
  3. “The difference between use and mention is not a categorical one but one of degrees” — ” if this correct, then what about reading racist or sexist classics?” asks Martin Lenz (Groningen)
  4. “Sophisticated naturalism, no less than extreme naturalism, undermines itself” — Joel Katzav (Queensland) on Marie Collins Swabey’s early 20th C. critique of naturalism
  5. “It is indefensibly vague at key points, particularly about what ‘cancellation’ is and about what the supposed threat to Aristotle is” — Bryan W. Van Norden (Vassar) responds to Agnes Callard (Chicago)
  6. “Quite impressive in some areas, and still clearly subhuman in others” — GPT-3, the new language generating tool, takes a Turing test
  7. “Make your next pitch instantly more compelling by using this one philosopher’s framework” — apparently one business writer thinks the Grice is right (sorry)

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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Frans Nay R.
Frans Nay R.
3 years ago

I am highly apreciated to this ethical topic on the Ethics of Pandemic.
Due to my live experience with Indigenous Asmat of Papua, Indonesia, it is worthy to know more on the indigenous ethics facing the pandemic.

Corona virus pandemic, in indigenous perspectives is asociated with degradate of nature, deforestation of jungle. Indeed, in protecting them selves from infectious virus, the indigenous Asmat will restrain them selves from daily life in the village and will stay in the jungle for couples of months till the situation down. The people of Asmat would like to call the living in the jungle for long, where they hunt & gather to sustain family lives, *bevak*. In my mind, live in bevak during corona virus pandemic outbreak all around the world deserves to live in. The appropriate word to explain the way indigenous Asmat protect their own live is *selves sedentary distancing, *which means that all the family members in a clan would rush to the jungle of their own.

I will stop for now, & will come with another comment i am interested in, on the *ethics of pandemic*.