Latest links in the Heap…

  1. What is gender? — Robin Dembroff (Yale) in conversation with Justin E.H. Smith (Paris)
  2. “Liberal neutrality rests on substantive moral goods: moral relations between diverse persons” — and not only is that not incoherent, argues Kevin Vallier (Bowling Green), it’s part of neutrality’s appeal
  3. “If you cannot do anything about what upsets you, you should attempt to free yourself from such negative emotions… If, by contrast, there is an opportunity for changing the distressing situation, then you should embrace the pain you feel and let it motivate you” — Katharina Volk (Columbia) on how to make sense of Cicero’s changing view of the emotions
  4. If “actions in virtual worlds will potentially be as meaningful as actions in the physical world,” what ethics apply to them? What law? — an excerpt from Reality+, the new book from David Chalmers (NYU)
  5. The new version of GPT, “InstructGPT,” is better at following people’s instructions — but “a byproduct of training our models to follow user instructions is that they may become more susceptible to misuse if instructed to produce unsafe outputs. Solving this requires our models to refuse certain instructions; doing this reliably is an important open research problem”
  6. “Why did Husserl begin thinking about movement?” — Carrie Noland (UC Irvine), a professor of French and comparative literature, on her “adventure” looking into Husserl’s influences and motivation
  7. At public schools, should students be taught “tolerance as non-disapproval” or “tolerance as forbearance”? — there’s controversy no matter what, argues Christina Easton (Warwick)

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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