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New links…

[Note: This was originally posted on February 14, 2024, 5:00am, but was lost when a problem on February 17th, 2024 required the site to be reset. I’m reposting it on February 18th with its original publication date, but I’m sorry to report that any comments on the post may have been lost.]

Discussion welcome.

  1. An online question game based on H.L.A. Hart’s “no vehicles in the park” hypothetical — created to metaphorically illustrate one of the difficulties with content moderation, it speaks to the ambiguity of rules more generally
  2. “On this fragile ancient bamboo, we have a record of the invention of the concept of ‘dao’” — the trailer for a new documentary on Laozi, with Bryan Van Norden, Alexus MacLeod, Misha Tadd, Chen Guying, and others. And here’s the martial arts segment with Alexus MacLeod and his sons, as well as Bryan Van Norden—and Bruce Lee.
  3. “Not only did the First World War begin with the work of Kant, but so did the current conflict in Ukraine” — everything is Kant’s fault, according to the governor of Kaliningrad (via John McCumber)
  4. What happens when you combine ChatGPT, Wolfian moral sainthood, and a very basic precautionary principle? — about what you’d expect: “It refuses every request”
  5. “The central argument of Grouchy’s Letters is that virtue, moral or political, is born out of sympathy… One of her central innovations is to focus on the developmental, economic and social conditions that make sympathy possible” — Sandrine Bergèsi (Bilkent) and Eric Schliesser (Amsterdam) on Sophie de Grouchy
  6. “I entered my Ph.D. program assuming that no university would hire me because I was deaf… Having no illusions that I would be hired as a Deaf philosophy professor gave me a sense of freedom as a philosopher” — an interview with philosophy professor Teresa Blankmeyer Burke (Gallaudet)
  7. “It’s not because it exists between equals that love is singular, but because it makes us deliciously and maddeningly immeasurable to each other—a state in which the very question of equality is moot” — love and intelligence, in the latest edition of Higher Gossip, Lillian Fishman’s advice column at The Point

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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