On the next Philosophy in Action Radio, I'll answer questions on the relationship between philosophy and science, marriage without love, participating in superstitious rituals, and more. The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 21 December 2014. If you can't attend live, be sure to listen to the podcast later.



Interview: Paul Hsieh on Radiology in Practice · Q&A: Managing Differences with Family · Q&A: Forbidding the Sale of Dangerous Goods to Minors · Q&A: Worthy Charities · Chat: Philosophy of Religion: Design Arguments for the Existence of God, Part 4 · Q&A: The Reality of Karma · Q&A: Responsibility for Pets · Q&A: Meaningless Gift Exchanges · Chat: Responsibility & Luck, Chapter Five · Q&A: The Objectivity of Manners · Q&A: Fighting Words · Q&A: Obsessing over Past Conversations · Q&A: The Moral Arguments for Veganism and Vegetarianism · Q&A: Courage as a Struggle Against Fear · Q&A: Ungrateful People · Podcast: Ayn Rand's Philosophy: Myth Versus Reality

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Staying Objective · Judging Young Adults Fairly · Liability for Injuries on the Job · Corporal Punishment of Kids · Self-Esteem and Appearance · Disruptive Kids in Public School · Discrimination and Rights · The Health of Cynicism and Sarcasm · Applying Philosophy to New Domains · Materialism in Marriage · Self-Interest in Parenting · Ayn Rand's View of Women · The Morality of Eating Bread · Forgiving Yourself · Proper Immigration Policy · Stockpiling Medication · Proposals to Ban Muslim Immigration · The Cost of Freedom · The Morality of Free Riding · Desires and Determinism · Helping a Friend with Depression

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How should nuisance limits be set for new technology? · How much confidence should a person express in his/her own opinions? · How should the police respond to people resisting arrest? · Should a I cut ties with my homophobic family? · What is the value of "political correctness"? · Is it wrong to live tweet conversations between strangers that you overhear? · Is suicide a wrong choice for a person with terminal illness? · Should a political candidate deceive voters in the service of protecting rights? · Should I do something nice for a coworker I dislike? · Should I put my cat down rather than leave him in a shelter?

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 Sunday mornings and most 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 chat about 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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