Mini-Heap


New links of possible interest to people interested in philosophy…

  1. The rewards and risks of philosophical tourism — Eric Schliesser (Amsterdam) comments on Julian Baggini’s “How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy”
  2. The ethics of aesthetics and the problem of global warming — Michael Spicher (Aesthetics Research Lab) on how beauty, ugliness, and environmental technology
  3. 10 new conversations with 10 philosophers — the new season of the UnMute Podcast from Myisha Cherry (UC Riverside) was recently released
  4. “Bearing the facts about publishing in mind helps to rebut one common argument against cancellation: it doesn’t suppress ideas” — and besides, says Neil Levy (Oxford) “if cancelling a book by some right-wing provocateur opens up space for a different book that is just or more as valuable, then it’s hard to see how the world has suffered a net loss”
  5. A look at six definitions of “gender identity” leads a philosopher to suggest eliminating the concept — still, argues Anca Gheaus (CEU) “a feminism without gender identity does not exclude trans people”
  6. “We normally think of grit as opposed to being a quitter, but quitting in order to move on to a different approach to a higher level goal can be an exhibition of grit” — thoughts from Alexander Pruss (Baylor)
  7. The value of being able to “practise in all things a certain nonchalance which conceals all artistry and makes whatever one says or does seem uncontrived and effortless” — Helen De Cruz (SLU) on “sprezzatura” in academia

Mini-Heap posts usually appear when 7 or so new items accumulate in the Heap of Links, the 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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