Recent additions to the Heap…

  1. The new bioethics, continued: “Our proof of concept thus highlights how a nonhuman autonomous creator of a deadly chemical weapon is entirely feasible” — a company that uses AI to improve human health was asked to explore the risk of misuse of their methods. Result: in less than 6 hours they generated 40,000 different deadly molecules
  2. “Hope is needed most exactly when the world looks hopeless” — Lea Ypi (LSE) on hope, humanity, Russia, Ukraine, and what can be learned from Kant’s Perpetual Peace
  3. “Larger, Freer, More Loving,” the podcast from Matthew J. LaVine (Potsdam) and Dwight K. Lewis (Minnesota), returns with a new season — the first episode focuses on emotion, race, and justice, and features Myisha Cherry (UC Riverside)
  4. “If philosophers refuse to use books simply because they include philosophical views that we dislike or disagree with, then we would be failing to live up to our professional standards” — Raja Halwani, the editor of an anthology on the philosophy of sex, responds to criticisms of his decision to include an essay by Kathleen Stock in the volume
  5. “Part of the gift of forgiveness, and what can be powerful about it, is that seeing another in this hopeful way… creates a space in which there is a possibility for them to face their flaws without needing defensive denial” — Lucy Allais (JHU) interviewed at Vox about forgiveness
  6. What are the implications for reactive-attitudes-based accounts of moral responsibility of taking our ordinary reactive attitudes to be the products of structurally unjust social conditions and practices? — “radical” work by Michelle Ciurria (University of Missouri-St. Louis) is the subject of a symposium with comments so far from John Doris (Cornell) and others, soon
  7. “Refugees need more political autonomy, not less, and third parties – host states, civil society and international NGOs – should enable rather than inhibit the vital roles that refugees play in their home countries” — Ashwini Vasanthakumar (Queen’s) explains why

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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