Monday, December 13, 2021

The humanities and virtual reality

 A new issue, Trafika Europe 22 is now available online -- this issue presenting: "a potpourri of fiction and poetry from across Europe". 

   Best books of 2021 lists 

       Some more best of 2021 compilations: 

        - In The White Review their: "editorial team, contributors and friends of the magazine reveal the books they've been reading and revisiting in 2021". 
       These personal selections at least tend to be more varied than the institutional ones, and this extensive selection certainly has a lot of variety. 
       Among the responses: Barley Patch-author Gerald Murnane's:

I’m the daddy of all eccentrics. All I read nowadays are books from my horse-racing library, most of which books date from the twentieth century, and books from my Hungarian library, the latest being FÜGGETLEN EMBEREK, a Magyar translation of INDEPENDENT PEOPLE, by Halldor Laxness.

       (He's apparently not taking the piss here -- he really does read Hungarian; see The Angel’s Son: Why I Learned Hungarian Late In Life in the Hungarian Review.) 

        - The Best of Books 2021:: This Year's Top Picks From Foreign Affairs Reviewers. 

        - Reviewers' Choice: The Best Books of 2021. 

    Josh Angrist’s Nobel Prize Lecture

    The Nobel prize lectures were online this year which gave Josh Angrist and MRU an opportunity to produce a Nobel prize lecture unlike any ever before! Josh gives a commanding yet down-to-earth talk with lots of graphics, animations and even a few guitar riffs! Indeed, Josh’s Nobel Prize lecture includes a clip from his MRU videos. Future Nobel laureates take note!

  1. A bust of the late Ágnes Heller has been installed at the European Parliament in Brussels — the hungarian philosopher was known for her work in politics and political theory, social, and moral philosophy, aesthetics, and other subjects,
  2. “Rather than asking about the criteria for rightness, I think a more neutral starting point would ask: What does the moral theory hold to be most important?” — Richard Yetter Chappell (Miami) thinks “importance,” not “rightness” should be the central concept of normative ethics
  3. “Many women who desperately want to abort would also desperately prefer to raise the child if forced to carry their pregnancy to term” — Elizabeth Harman (Princeton) on one way Justice Amy Coney Barrett is wrong about abortion
  4. Rawls’s A Theory of Justice at 50 — audio from the recent conference at the University of Virginia School of Law
  5. The humanities and virtual reality — three open, online sessions later this week put from the Virginia Philosophy Reality Lab
  6. “They did a lot to break the grip of an orthodoxy that makes important things unsayable” — Ben Lipscomb (Houghton) interviewed about his recent work on Anscombe, Foot, Midgley, and Murdoch
  7. “Those of us concerned with identifying and combating systemic racism would do well to avoid over-simplified formulations that privilege one explanatory factor at the exclusion of another” — Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin (Sam Houston State Univ.) takes up some confusions regarding racism