Mini-Heap


Recent additions to the Heap…

  1. “The most important teacher of philosophy in America, if not the world, for a third of a century” — a documentary about Bob Gurland, a longtime, highly-regarded teacher of philosophy at NYU (link is to the film’s trailer)
  2. Travel as a philosophical activity — Emily Thomas (Durham) interviewed on travel, philosophy, women and other subjects
  3. “People don’t like being tricked, especially when the trickery results in giving another person affections they don’t deserve” — Jesse Hamilton (U. Penn) on “stolen valor”
  4. “I think a lot of wisdom in life (and in philosophy) is about being able to see why things are confusing—once you can see that the confusion itself is a lot easier to live with even if you still don’t have the answer” — an interview with philosopher and advice-columnist Eleanor Gordon-Smith (Princeton)
  5. “Philosophers increasingly face difficult choices in balancing sustainability with other considerations in teaching and research, event organizing, department governance, and institutional service” — an upcoming APA webinar on sustainable practices in philosophy
  6. “There is a persistent conventional wisdom that… Adam Smith holds a labor theory of value” — but, despite there being a “kernel of truth” in this, it’s not quite right, explains Eric Schliesser (Amsterdam)
  7. “The clarity championed in analytic philosophy is indebted to the clarity indigenous to science; but that there is another sort of clarity: one found in poetry but occasionally also found in philosophy, to that philosophy’s benefit” — James C. McGuiggan on varieties of clarity

Discussion welcome.

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. 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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