Mini-Heap


The latest links in the Heap…

  1. “The worst possible way of going about making decisions” — Felipe De Brigard (Duke) and Rob Lowe (yes that Rob Lowe) discuss nostalgia, memory, and decision-making with Laurie Santos (Yale)
  2. On a small island in the Pacific, near the Marianas Trench, a philosophy professor teaches a course that’s often “transformative” for his students — Daniel S. Helman on being a philosopher on Yap, Micronesia
  3. “It would be better for philosophy, and the humanities more generally, if the horizons of rational knowledge expanded rather than continued to contract. I am, therefore, begging at the very least for better atheists” — Jennifer Frey (South Carolina) on philosophy’s self-conception & future
  4. A philosophical look at Hanlon’s Razor: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity” — use it with care, advise Nathan Ballantyne (Fordham) and Peter H. Ditto (Irvine)
  5. “You ought to care equally about people no matter when they exist, whether today, next year, or in a couple billion years henceforth” — but speculations about the distant future shouldn’t be an excuse for ignoring today’s moral problems
  6. “Try to see it my way / You and I both know that we are epistemic peers / I will see it your way / I might be confused because I had a few more beers” — “We Can Work It Out”, epistemology of disagreement version, by Brown University philosophers
  7. “Perhaps one reason we think extinction would be so bad is that we have failed to recognise just how awful extreme agony is” — Roger Crisp (Oxford) on the difficulty of moral questions surrounding possible human extinction

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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