Mini-Heap (updated)


Recent additions to the Heap…

  1. “His conception of philosophy is concerned with achieving understanding rather than acquiring knowledge” — an appreciation of the philosophy of Thomas Nagel, by Johnny Lyons in the Dublin Review of Books
  2. When you act with others, “are you accountable only for what you cause or could have prevented… or you accountable for more in virtue of participating in this cooperative endeavor?” — Saba Bazargan-Forward (UCSD) is interviewed by Robert Talisse (Vanderbilt) about his theory of individual accountability in the context of shared action
  3. “Why is everyone hitting me today?” — Seneca — as played by John Malkovich in the new movie, “Seneca – On the Creation of Earthquakes”. Trailers here.
  4. “Self-deceit, this fatal weakness of mankind, is the source of half the disorders of human life” — Adam Smith is “interviewed” at 3:16AM
  5. “Never before has so much culture been available to so many at such little cost. There’s just one tiny problem. Where’s the audience?” — Ted Gioia writes a 2023 “State of the Culture” address
  6. The building that houses the Department of Philosophy at UC Berkeley will be getting a new name — the change is owed to the racist views of the original namesake. UPDATE: Jay Wallace (Berkeley) recommends readers see this article on the story.
  7. Some autonomous technologies may lead to a “responsibility gap” in which harms are committed but one can be justly held accountable — Is that a problem? Not necessarily, argues John Danaher (Galway)

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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