Mini-Heap


Latest additions to the Heap…

  1. “What I know most surely in the long run about morality and obligations, I owe to football.” — Camus played soccer. Really. He was the goalie.
  2. “There is more to life than what one believes, and definitely more to life than what one wants to argue for or get others to believe” — reflections on the 10th anniversary of his quitting his job as a philosophy professor, from Bharath Vallabha
  3. “As I decline requests to do tenure files, referee, blurb; postpone research… lectures, and interviews; withdraw from dissertation defenses; accept intra-departmental political defeats… I also register how much stuff I pack into my ordinary self days” — the latest in a series of reflections from Eric Schliesser (Amsterdam) on what it is like to have COVID-19
  4. Where the freedom of expression of scholars and other writers is most threatened — and the patterns among who is targeted and why
  5. “How to get AI to respect and conform to human values is arguably the most important, if vexing, problem faced by AI developers today” — and the incommensurability of values may throw a spanner in the works, argues Ruth Chang (Oxford)
  6. “I’ve never understood how polyamory is supposed to survive erotic rivalry, but I have exactly the same objection to monogamy” — their difference “seems laughably superficial in the face of a problem situated at the molten lava core of the soul.” Agnes Callard (Chicago) on jealousy
  7. “We know that our models are distortions of their targets… But at the same time, at least in certain instances, they are the best tools we have at our disposal” — “So what can we do?” ask Roman Frigg (LSE) and James Nguyen (Univ. London / UCL)

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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Nicolas Delon
Nicolas Delon
5 months ago

Many French philosophers played football (it’s our most popular sport): Camus, Merleau-Ponty, Derrida…Report

J. Bogart
J. Bogart
5 months ago

The Camus slogan is available on a shirt from Philosophy Football; also Sartre, and, most important of all, Monty Python’s philosophers playing football. Report