Recent links added to the Heap…

  1. An introductory philosophy course centered around the question, “What is Philosophy?” — Christopher P. Noble (New College of Florida) describes why and how he teaches it
  2. “The Grand Prize [$150,000] will go to the first team to read four passages of text from the inside of the two intact scrolls” — a contest to use machine learning, 3D x-rays, and other technology to read the ancient philosophy, mathematics, literature, etc., trapped in the carbonized, ashen, and unopenable Herculaneum scrolls
  3. “It is likely that for any given approach… you take to a problem, you as an individual or a group of like-minded individuals only see one piece of a fairly large puzzle” — Ryan Muldoon (Buffalo) on how “the big tools of liberal democracy—discussion and debate—only work well if these tools are built on diverse inputs”
  4. “Why do I want to live with a dog, and why this dog?” — the ethical considerations of choosing a dog, from Jessica Pierce (U.of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  5. A useful and brief guide for your students about how to use ChatGPT effectively and ethically in their academic work — by Benjamin Smart and Catherine Botha (Johannesburg)
  6. “Ukrainians have been vigorously discussing what their institutions will look like in the post-war period, and moral and political philosophers can contribute much to these debates” — an interview with Aaron Wendland (KCL, Massey College) about the his work to help Ukrainians, including further details about the philosophy benefit conference taking place this week
  7. A previously unpublished book-length manuscript by Michel Foucault, “Philosophical Discourse,” will be published later this Spring — here’s the table of contents

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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