Recent additions to the Heap of Links…

Discussion welcome.

  1. “Could it be that there are unbridgeable gulfs in thinking and perception between groups of people speaking different languages?” — James McElvenny (Siegen) on linguistic relativity
  2. “Teaching in prison has been a real education for me—but one of these lessons is that prisons should not exist” — Lisa Guenther (Queen’s U.) is interviewed about her research, teaching, and activism
  3. “Common sense can guide us, often better than explicit calculations” — Richard Yetter Chappell (Miami) defends longtermism against several recent objections
  4. “It wasn’t the first time that I was psychotic, but it was, maybe, the first time that anybody noticed, the first time that I was unable to hide it from others, and therefore from myself” — philosopher Michael Dickson (South Carolina) shares how he has coped with some of the symptoms of schizophrenia
  5. The trouble universities are facing now are in part owed to them having not lived up to the principles of academic freedom, freedom of extramural speech, and institutional neutrality — while “the best time to have started to do the right thing was yesterday, but the second-best time is today,” says Jacob Levy (McGill)
  6. Kant’s 300th birthday is coming up, and to celebrate, two German magazines made it their cover story — unfortunately, the covers featured images of Jacobi, not Kant (in German, but you can Google-translate it)
  7. “Strive to see what good there is on the other side, and when you do, publicly acknowledge it… Remember that bridge-building is largely about relationship-building, which creates a space for trust—and ultimately, deeper dialogue” — John Corvino (Wayne State) on free speech

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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