On the next Philosophy in Action Radio, I'll answer questions on doctrine of double effect, the obligation to report a crime, cutting ties with homophobic family members, and more. The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 3 May 2015. If you can't attend live, be sure to listen to the podcast later.



Podcast: Why Personality Matters in Politics... But Not in the Way You Think · Q&A: The Major Virtues · Q&A: Signs of Repression · Q&A: The Ethics of Care for the Body · Chat: Argument from Miracles for the Existence of God, Part 1 · Q&A: Personality Theory and Ethics · Q&A: Euthanizing a Pet · Podcast: Should You Try to Be Morally Perfect? · Q&A: Claims of Rights to Food and Shelter · Q&A: Extreme Cases · Q&A: Being Helpful to a Disliked Co-Worker · Q&A: Major Branches of Philosophy · Q&A: Displaying the Confederate Flag · Q&A: Taxpayer-Funded Abortions · Q&A: Fractional Reserve Banking, Fraud, and Deception · Q&A: People Unworthy of the Truth

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Racism Versus Moral Decency · Regretful Parents · Being Pragmatic · The Morality of Extreme Couponing · Helping a Self-Destructive Friend · Pursuing Justice at Great Personal Cost · Justifying Punishment · Cultivating Good Luck · Inappropriate Gifts from In-Laws · Consuming Celebrity News · Applying Value Density to Life · The Redemption of Michael Vick · The Morality of Boycotts · Pushy Fundraising · Pharmacies Selling Homeopathic Remedies · Lying for the Sake of a Happy Surprise · Announcing Life-Changing New Beliefs · Working for a Statist Company · Unions for Government Employees · The Right Time to Declare Love · The Meaning of Life as the Standard of Value

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What should a person do to make up for a past unpunished crime? · Is the United States finished as a free country? · Can I help my family deal with their grief over the death of my nephew? · Are waivers to rights-violating laws good or bad? · What are the philosophical underpinnings of growth versus fixed mindsets? · Should I respond to an "Earth Hour" company email? · When is a person obliged to report a crime? · Should blackmail be illegal? · Does intuition have any validity? · Do parents have a moral duty to vaccinate their children to improve "herd immunity"?

About Philosophy in Action

I'm Dr. Diana Hsieh. I'm a philosopher specializing in the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I received my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. My book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame, is available for purchase in paperback, as well as for Kindle and Nook. The book defends the justice of moral praise and blame of persons using an Aristotelian theory of moral responsibility, thereby refuting Thomas Nagel's "problem of moral luck."

My radio show, Philosophy in Action Radio, broadcasts live over the internet on most Sunday mornings and some Thursday evenings. On Sunday mornings, I answer questions applying rational principles to the challenges of real life in a live hour-long show. Greg Perkins of Objectivist Answers co-hosts the show. On Thursday evenings, I interview an expert guest or discuss a topic of interest.

If you join us for the live broadcasts, you can ask follow-up questions and make comments in the text-based chat. Otherwise, you can listen to the podcast by subscribing to our Podcast RSS Feed. You can also peruse the podcast archive, where episodes and questions are sorted by date and by topic.

For regular commentary, announcement, and humor, read my blog NoodleFood and subscribe to its Blog RSS Feed. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter and connect on social media too.

I can be reached via e-mail to diana@philosophyinaction.com.

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