New links…

  1. “The experience of the war shows us again and again that you cherish life, you value life, in the point of when it’s very close to death. At that point, you really understand what life means” — Ukrainian philosopher and journalist Volodymyr Yermolenko is interviewed by Ezra Klein (NYT)
  2. “When authors gave a funnier title to a work they considered significant, they reaped the benefits of significantly higher citations” — details on a new study titled “If this title is funny, will you cite me?” (For humorously-titled philosophy articles, see this.)
  3. A philosopher is collaborating with The Guardian to offer responses to children’s often strange, imaginative, and philosophical questions — Scott Hershovitz (Michigan) also recently authored the book “Nasty, Brutish, and Short: Adventures in Philosophy with Kids”
  4. The “categorical ambiguity” of the uncanny elicits a “metaphysical threat response” — David Livingstone Smith (New England) on the dehumanization of the disabled
  5. “While genetic knowledge can provide a rich source of meaning in answering the question ‘Who am I?’, I don’t think it is either the only source or a necessary source” — Daniel Groll (Carleton) is interviewed on the moral and political aspects of genetic lineage in a magazine for people who’ve been separated from biological family
  6. Gilbert Harman’s major contributions to philosophy — a collection of brief essays by several philosophers on the work of Professor Harman, who died last November
  7. Mary Wollstonecraft returns to Newington Green — in the form of a stenciled spray-painted portrait near where she founded a girls’ school in 1784

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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