New links of interest to those interested in philosophy…

  1. Ernest Nagel “was once an academic celebrity in the sciences, the leader of what we may call the scientific wing of pragmatism for a generation” but is “now largely forgotten” — Eric Schliesser (Amsterdam) on why “this neglect is a shame”
  2. “Suddenly, we were asked to think directly about the central things that mattered” — Michael Huemer (Colorado) on what’s good and bad about philosophy
  3. “Well, I don’t want to sit by this siren till I die of old age. / So what’s the reason I can’t turn the page? / Simple answer. Shame. / He’s the only man in the world who can see through my game.” — poet Anne Carson renders Alcibiades’s speech in The Symposium in verse (via Aaron Garrett)
  4. “My academic and intellectual independence, the freedom to think things through for myself, hindered only (only!) by my own weaknesses, prejudices, and blind spots, has come at quite a high price” — Susan Haack (Miami) reflects on her career as a philosopher
  5. What should journal editors ask referees to do? — Richard Yetter Chappell (Miami) offers some suggestions
  6. Has being a philosopher met your expectations? — a discussion at The Philosophers’ Cocoon
  7. There’s an asymmetry that explains why “transgender identities deserve social uptake and so-called ‘transracial’ identifications… almost always do not” — but it’s not based on “who ‘really is’ a woman or who ‘really is’ Black,” argue Robin Dembroff (Yale) & Dee Payton (Rutgers)

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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