Recent additions to the Heap of Links…

  1. “How can something be ill if it is not alive?” — Viruses were typically not thought to be alive, but discovering “giant viruses” and that they can be infected with smaller viruses raises the question of what life is
  2. Two puzzles about truthfulness — from Wolfgang Schwarz (Edinburgh)
  3. “Today, mathematicians and others routinely stray outside our comfortable three dimensions” — but what, exactly, is a dimension?
  4. Did you hear about the upcoming “Boss Baby” philosophy symposium? — even The Onion thought, “this is Onion material” (ok, the AV Club, but still). Yet it’s a real event, and this article about it explains what motivated it
  5. “Chairs are what philosophers call ‘ordinary objects’… their existence is as obvious as possible, but the more we try to suss out where they are, the more ‘sus’ they become” — quite possibly the most entertaining thing you’ll watch today, and it’s about ontology and mereology. Seriously.
  6. Ideological extremism, methods extremism, psychological extremism — Quassim Cassam (Warwick) makes some distinctions and sees what can be learned from them
  7. “The important thing is to be ruthless with the books that are not good. Just stop reading, put them down, usually throw them away, don’t give them away – if you give them away you could be doing harm to people” — advice on how to read, some of which implies advice on how to write

Also, a memorial event for philosopher Joseph Margolis, who died this past summer, will be held this Friday.

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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