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Recent additions to the Heap…

Discussion welcome.

  1. “There is an important distinction… between what we might think of as free self-censorship—not saying something out of a desire to be civil, considerate, or convincing—and coerced self-censorship—not saying something because one believes one will be punished if one does” — and other nuances regarding free speech on campuses
  2. If philosophical thought experiments were more politically and scientifically realistic — Edward Hall (Sheffield) looks at the ticking time-bomb example used to argue for the permissibility of torture
  3. “Why Twitter is not the best public forum for philosophers to go toe-to-toe with scientists” — a case study: Goff v. Hossenfelder
  4. “‘Being a moral agent is very demanding,’ she said. ‘But then everything is hard. And the cost of not trying is higher’” — a profile of Lea Ypi (LSE) in The New Yorker
  5. Anselm’s ontological argument: a guide for those perplexed by it, and by its resilience — by John Danaher (Galway)
  6. Catch up on this year’s developments in science & math — Quanta’s annual reviews
  7. “Philosophy is both a natural and a strange resource for helping people resolve the problems of life” — The New Yorker looks at philosophical counseling, with a focus on Lydia Amir (Tufts)

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. Thank you.

 

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Patrick S. O'Donnell
1 month ago

No. 2 by Edward Hall in Philosophy Now is a nice, accessible summary of some of the better literature on this argument. Nonetheless, untutored intuitions and attempts at counter-arguments persist among the well-educated and those considerably less-educated on this topic. I have a compilation that tries to capture the range of the relevant (morally, legally, and politically speaking) literature: https://www.academia.edu/4844181/Torture_moral_legal_and_political_dimensions_a_basic_bibliography