Friday, October 09, 2020

Wittgenstein’s favorite detective novels

Fantasy Writer Terry Goodkind, 72

Mr. Goodkind was a latecomer to writing: He spent years as a woodworker and wildlife artist before publishing his first novel, “Wizard’s First Rule,” when he was 45. But that book — the story of a heroic forest guide, Richard, who teams with a beautiful woman, Kahlan, to defeat an evil wizard, Darken Rahl — won legions of fans and earned positive reviews when it was published by Tor Books in 1994. – The New York Times

James Beard, The Great Emancipator Of American Cuisine

“[He] was perfectly cast. Large, broad, and jovial-seeming, a Santa of the buffet table, … the happy stout man showed that you could eat well without being frightened of eating incorrectly. … The role that Beard invented and played was vital in creating a new idea of what American cooking was.” – The New Yorker

 Wittgenstein’s favorite detective novels — no, not a McSweeney’s post, but a real article about his love of crime fiction

Feminist responses to COVID-19 and pandemics — a special issue of the APA’s Feminism and Philosophy Newsletter

The racism of earlier philosophers is built into some of their more abstract philosophical ideas — “the actual improvement of philosophical thought” involves examining and acknowledging this, says Avram Alpert (Princeton)

Do we now live, as Derek Parfit wrote, “during the hinge of history”? — the BBC talks to a few philosophers and others to find out

A student who majored in engineering and philosophy discusses which elements of her education most contributed to her success as an engineer — Rosemary Barnes on the “need to rethink giving degrees aimed at ‘job readiness'” (via Andy Lamey)

The value of research on honesty — in Scientific American

“Intellectual humility might make prejudice more severe” — one of a few findings from an empirical study of intellectual humility