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Discussion welcome.

  1. “Before he was the little guy who spake about teaching of the Superman, he appeared in Nietzsche’s book ‘The Gay Science’” “Who is….?” — philosophy was a category in the second round of “Jeopardy!” earlier this week (mouse over the $ to see the answers, er questions)
  2. Can philosophy be done through narrative films like “Barbie?” — that depends on what we mean by doing philosophy, says Tom McClelland (Cambridge)
  3. “There is no moral valence to someone just not liking us.” “There’s a goodness and richness in this sort of predestined suffering.” — the moral sensibilities of Lillian Fishman, advice columnist at The Point
  4. “Philosophers write a lot about friendship and love, but they tend to do so in terms that leave out the centrality of the heart and heartfelt connection” — as a result, says Stephen Darwall (Yale), we miss some important things
  5. “Wenar’s alternative to effective altruism is neither viable nor desirable nor indeed any improvement on effective altruism” — Richard Pettigrew (Bristol) on Leif Wenar’s recent attack on effective altruism. Plus Eric Schliesser on Pettigrew on Wenar. Plus Richard Chappell (Miami) lists what he thinks effective altruism gets right. And while we’re at it here’s Peter Singer’s new Substack. (And here’s an earlier post on EA, FTX, utilitarianism, and public philosophy)
  6. You’re familiar with Frank Jackson’s “Mary” example. But how about Leibniz’s heat example? Or Ibn Tufayl’s formerly blind man example? — Eric Schliesser (Amsterdam) on Mary’s ancestry 
  7. Some recent additions to the humorous series of videos of philosophers edited just enough to reveal how wacky philosophers are — this one is kind of long (which is kind of the point); for more instant gratification find the Kit Fine “Jack is short” one

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.

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Patrick S. O'Donnell
1 month ago

While this has some relevance to links nos. 2 and 4 above, it may be of intrinsic interest to some students of philosophy as well as, perhaps, those in the profession who teach them: Philosophy & Ways of Life, posted here: https://psodmusings.wordpress.com/2024/04/05/philosophy-ways-of-life/