The latest links…

Discussion welcome.

  1. “For something to be creepy is for it to be disposed to elicit a reaction of being creeped out from appropriate observers in suitable circumstances” — Sara Bernstein and Daniel Nolan (Notre Dame) on the philosophy of creepiness: what it is and why it’s interesting (via The Browser)
  2. In 2021, a “death mask” of Spinoza was found in a box — but is it really him? Helen de Cruz (SLU) looks at the difficulties of answering this (and shares some photos of the mask)
  3. “I think I’m going to take some time off and build some guitars,” Judy Threet recalled of her decision to leave academic philosophy — and the other night at the Grammy Awards, Tracy Chapman was playing one of those guitars
  4. Summer programs in philosophy — for high school students, college students, graduate students, and others
  5. “So they broke into the hole in the ground, and they killed the kid, and all the lights went out in Omelas” — a follow-up to Ursula K. Le Guin’s famous short story, by Isabel J. Kim
  6. Cover songs, layers of meaning, and “anti-hero” Taylor Swift — Brad Skow (MIT) at Mostly Aesthetics
  7. “If anyone is going to speculate about wild possibilities concerning the fundamental nature of things, philosophers should be among them” — Eric Schwitzgebel (UC Riverside) on moles, swallows, and Edouard Machery’s review of his book

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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