Mini-Heap


New links to items of interest to those interested in philosophy…

  1. They say they’re “prioritizing ‘vaccine safety’ over ‘benefits’,” but really they’re just “prioritizing safety from vaccines over safety from COVID” — Richard Chappell (Miami) on status quo bias in ethical reasoning about the pandemic
  2. “The form of deliberation employed when we infer our own courses of action from what is collectively optimal or required” — Anne Schwenkenbecher (Murdoch) on “we-reasoning” and public health crises
  3. “The thing to remember here is to do the opposite of what we’re trained to do: Speak at a super high level about some pretty important and intense stuff, with little/no justification for your claims” — and other non-academic job seeking advice for philosophers, from Aaron Kagan (Facebook Reality Labs)
  4. “The teacher who allows his student’s desire to settle on him as an object, or the teacher who actively makes himself the object of her desire, has failed in his role as a teacher” — Amia Srinivasan (Oxford) on sex between professors and students
  5. A site of resources for teaching courses in ethics in moral philosophy — including videos, syllabi, lessons, assignments, and more, from Matt Deaton
  6. So far, “there’s more than twice as many jobs advertised this year than at the same point last year, indicating a significant job-market rebound. However, compared to pre-COVID levels, the market is still on the lower end of things” — Marcus Arvan (Tampa) takes a quick look at the philosophy job market this season
  7. Slippery slope arguments may be sound, for example, when they “specify as precisely as possible what causal mechanisms create strong incentives and disincentives for specific behaviors to occur” — such as in regard to Apple’s new phone-scanning technology, argues Evan Selinger (RIT)

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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