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Philosophy-related links…

  1. “In Socrates’s late-night imagination, sex ought to benefit neither church nor common good but philosophy students” — Mary Townsend (St. John’s) on eugenics, Socrates, and the “rationalization of eros”
  2. Suppose there’s only a 1% chance that bugs are sentient — despite that small chance, we ought to support “a moral presumption against harming insects,” argue Jeff Sebo (NYU) & Jason Schukraft (Rethink Priorities)
  3. “All the liars are calling me one” — The Taylor Swift Paradox, as unpacked and analyzed by Theresa Helke (Smith)
  4. “Socrates’s method eschewed the pressure to persuade… His politics of humility involved genuinely opening up the question under dispute” — Agnes Callard (Chicago) appreciates Socrates’ spirit of collaborative inquiry
  5. “They hated it” — Patricia Churchland (UCSD) interviewed about her work on the mind on Ideas Roadshow
  6. Bob Moses, “a soft-spoken pioneer of the civil rights movement who faced relentless intimidation and brutal violence to register Black voters in Mississippi in the 1960s, and who later started a national organization devoted to teaching math as a means to a more equal society,” has died — he majored in philosophy at Hamilton College and was working on his PhD in philosophy at Harvard “when he was forced to leave because of the death of his mother and the hospitalization of his father”
  7. “Banded mongooses, acting from behind a veil of ignorance over kinship, allocate postnatal care in a way that reduces inequality among offspring, in the manner predicted by a Rawlsian model of cooperation” — Rawlsianism in the wild

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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