Links of interest to those interested in philosophy…

  1. “Nationalists think they must be anti-multiculturalism, and multiculturalists think they must be anti-nationalist. Yet in practice, in at least some times and places, citizens are able to reconcile the two” — Will Kymlicka (Queens) on confronting political theory with empirical evidence
  2. The pandemic ethics conversation with Peter Singer at Rhodes College that some faculty urged be canceled — it happened, and it is now online, hosted on YouTube by Brain In a Vat
  3. “Intuitive theories of minds and brains are more complex than has commonly been acknowledged” — recent work in x-phi on how people think the mind and the brain interact
  4. “Public intellectuals… need to engage deeply with the cultures they address, the academic standards of the fields from which they borrow, and the rhetorical moves of their own narratives” — a look at two scientists’ contrasting approaches to taking up humanistic questions
  5. “A species of morally insane beings boasting enormous cerebrums and minuscule bodies” — how late-Victorian era articles from the journal Mind contributed to the archetype of the mad scientist (via Sebastian Lutz)
  6. “It is her dignity that for so long caused me to presume that my friend must have been born into the class in which she now seems so at home—and to know, as dull functionaries do not, when it is undignified to speak of certain things” — “Second-generation GI Bill philosopher” Justin E. H. Smith on class, paradoxical individualism, Proust, and identity
  7. “Knowing who your genetic progenitors are can be a genuine source of self-knowledge… But it is important to see that it is just one possible source among many” — Daniel Groll (Carleton) on the ethics of sperm and egg donation

Mini-Heap posts usually appear when 7 or so new items accumulate in the Heap of Links, a 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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Aaron V Garrett
2 years ago

Not philosophy, but as an addendum to Justin’s article (#6) a great photo of Lux and Poison Ivy as college hippies that captures that world.