Mini-Heap


The latest links in the Heap…

  1. Zombie Intuitions: “intuitions that are ‘killed’ (defeated) by contextual information but kept cognitively alive by the psycholinguistic phenomenon of linguistic salience bias” — a problem for thought experiments in philosophy, including (of course) zombie thought experiments
  2. “It is the duty of intellectuals and artists to reject enforced glee, to tell robot customer-service agents to fuck off, to carve out a preserve for the life of the soul as best they can, and to call madness by its name” — Justin E. H. Smith on phililistinism in philosophy, “awokening” and “STEMification,” technology’s creep into culture, and more
  3. “Grad school might destroy you. That’s the most important thing I would tell my pre-Ph.D. self if I could” — G. M. Trujillo Jr. (Louisville), now an assistant professor of philosophy, offers some advice to prospective grad students
  4. The Diversity Reading List is a resource for helping you include authors from underrepresented groups in your teaching — and now it is hosting a seminar series
  5. “Teaching [The Ethics of Killing] in the present context would have been a fascinating experience” but “the fear that my students might transmit the coronavirus to each other during these ‘ethics’ seminars… horrified me” — an interview with philosopher Jeremy Fischer, who resigned from his position to protest his university’s poor response to COVID
  6. “Despite being one of the most celebrated works of philosophy ever written, the Tractatus is also one of the most gnomic” — Ray Monk (Southampton) explains Wittgenstein’s Tractatus and how it came to be
  7. “We are not in favor of a shock-and-awe approach of springing distressing content on students without advance notice” — but a survey of recent research finds that “trigger warnings do not minimize anxiety and emotional distress, and might even do the opposite”

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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