This installment of Mini-Heap includes links that are not yet in the actual Heap.

(This paradox is brought to you by this week’s site maintenance.)


  1. “What it all comes to is the purposeless of everything, life, the universe, even the number 42” — Alex Rosenberg (Duke) begins an exchange of letters with Daniel Dennett (Tufts).
  2. Feminism contributes to the demand for and development of sex robots, the increase of which will end up being bad for women — this and other speculations about sex robots from evolutionary psychologist Diana Fleischman (Portsmouth) (via MR)
  3. The hidden pleasures of intellectual life — Zena Hitz (St. Johns) in conversation with Robert Talisse
  4. A new blog series on meaning — edited by Steven DeLay (Woolf), at 3:16 AM
  5. “I think that philosophers would do well to have a more capacious notion of both philosophy and brilliance” — an interview with Amia Srinivasan (Oxford)
  6. The John Stuart Mill Cup is a tournament in which teams of high school students in the UK match wits with each other discussing ethical issues of public concern — organizer Ben Sachs (St. Andrews) is looking to expand its reach; contact him for details
  7. Do you find yourself “wobbling and toggling between perspectives, being unable to relax into a single framework to make sense of things”? — that might be “zozobra,” as Francisco Gallegos (Wake Forest) & Carlos Alberto Sánchez (San José State) explain

Mini-Heap posts usually 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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