Mini-Heap


Recent additions to the Heap of Links…

  1. We should “see our opponent’s political views as an expression of their sincere attempt to think clearly about politics, to act in the office of citizenship according to their best judgment” — Robert Talisse (Vanderbilt) argues for “political sympathy”, in Culturico
  2. “For me, the greatest philosophical thrill is realizing that something I’d long taken for granted might not be true” — Eric Schwitzgebel (UC Riverside) on the difference philosophy that opens and philosophy that closes
  3. “When you enter the walk-in closet of your soul, are your politics just a youthful fad, as dispensable as drunk-ordered harem pants?” — Kim Kierkegaardashian offers advice to a young anti-capitalist Marxist who longs for a collection of designer handbags, in The New Yorker
  4. “If there’s one thread running through most of my published philosophical work, it’s that introspection isn’t good for shit” — an interview with John Schwenkler (Florida State)
  5. A book complaining about “cynical theories” itself suffers from “misplaced cynicism combined with unwarranted confidence in such cynical interpretations” — and contains so many misinterpretations of philosophers’ views that it “looks much more like incendiary fan fiction than scholarly analysis”
  6. This philosopher “has spent his career studying concepts like truth, justice, and freedom. Now he wants to put these principles into practice” — a profile of Richard Dien Winfield (U. Georgia), who is running for Senate, in Jacobin
  7. It would be perfect irony if Voltaire was “canceled” — ask yourself before clicking: do you want it to be true that he was?

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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