New philosophy-related links…

  1. “If you are a sage, and you can’t do wrong, then there is no room for moral anguish or angst… But what if you are not a sage?” — Nancy Sherman (Georgetown) on compassion, mercy, the military, and the social side of Stoic grit
  2. “I keep looking to traditional… epistemology and finding it mostly unhelpful. But I keep finding bits of aesthetics and the philosophy of art incredibly useful” — C. Thi Nguyen (Utah) on why philosophy of art and social epistemology are “intellectual soulmates”
  3. “To say you’re giving up on the problem of demarcation does not mean that you are giving up on the idea that there is something distinctive about science” — and we can acknowledge the limits of science while still vigorously defending it, says Lee McIntyre (Boston University), interviewed at 3:16AM
  4. “What we need isn’t a kind of positive hermeneutics to be inculcated in viewers of pornography, so that they can better interpret what is going on… what we need is the onslaught of images to just stop for a moment” — Amia Srinivasan (Oxford) interviewed on pornography and sexuality
  5. “Seeing that I don’t write about things or topics but about what people say about things was one of the most important lessons I learned” — Martin Lenz (Groningen) explains
  6. “I found myself astonished by idea that the structural simplicity I associate with piano keys is the result of an ‘acceptable compromise’ to solve practical problems of musicians playing together” — Patricia Marino (Waterloo) on subjectivity, simplicity, elegance, and the philosophy of keyboard engineering
  7. “Narcissistic academic professionalism”, “cowardly deference”, “intellectual and spiritual bankruptcy” — Cornel West’s letter of resignation from Harvard

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.

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