Friends and Fans — I have retired from my work as a public intellectual, so Philosophy in Action is on indefinite hiatus. Please check out the voluminous archive of free podcasts, as well as the premium audio content still available for sale. My two books — Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame and Explore Atlas Shrugged — are available for purchase too. Best wishes! — Diana Brickell (Hsieh)



Q&A: The Future of the United States · Q&A: The Value of Vulnerability · Q&A: Cheating to Get a Job Back · Podcast: How to Be Principled about Election Politics · Q&A: Workplace Diversity · Q&A: Accusations of Date Rape · Q&A: Evaluating Romantic Prospects · Q&A: Impartialism in Ethics · Q&A: Changing Names with Marriage · Q&A: Confidence in Opinions · Q&A: Delegation in Marriage · Q&A: Deriving Self-Esteem from University Study · Q&A: Morality Versus Prudence · Q&A: Concealing a Relationship from Parents · Q&A: Death Notifications via Facebook · Q&A: Honesty under Professional Confidentiality Standards

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Capitalism as Misunderstood · Pushy Fundraising · Adopting Hobbies Just for Dating · Faith in Reason · Visiting Home for the Holidays · Friendship Versus Emotional Affairs · Declining a Friend's Plans for Business Partnership · Scolding Other People's Children · Arguing Religion with Family · The Right Time to Declare Love · Vaccinating for Herd Immunity · The Basis of Manners · Permission Versus Forgiveness · The Morality of Strategic Default · The Value of Vulnerability · Being Sentimental · Causality and Free Will · The Morality of Exposing Security Flaws · Appropriating Insulting Terms · People Unworthy of the Truth · Unfriendly Disputes in Online Communities

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Should I cheat the system to get my job back? · Is the lack of racial and sexual diversity in the workplace a problem? · What is the difference between familiarity and intimacy? · How can a person use accountabilibuddies to be more productive? · Did Hank Rearden really threaten to beat up Lillian Rearden in Atlas Shrugged? · Is collecting and selling organs from aborted fetuses morally abhorrent? · Is vulnerability of value? · How can I counter the effects of ghosting in dating? · Do doctors deserve our trust? · How do we keep good ideas from becoming trite?

About Philosophy in Action

I'm Dr. Diana Brickell (formerly Diana Hsieh). I'm a philosopher, and I've long specialized in the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I completed my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. I retired from work as a public intellectual in 2015.

From September 2009 to September 2015, I produced a radio show and podcast, Philosophy in Action Radio. In the primary show, my co-host Greg Perkins and I answered questions applying rational principles to the challenges of real life. We broadcast live over the internet on Sunday mornings.

You can listen to these 362 podcasts by subscribing to the Podcast RSS Feed. You can also peruse the podcast archive, where episodes and questions are sorted by date and by topic.

My first book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame, can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. 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 second book (and online course), Explore Atlas Shrugged, is a fantastic resource for anyone wishing to study Ayn Rand's epic novel in depth.

You can also read my blog NoodleFood and subscribe to its Blog RSS Feed.

I can be reached via e-mail to [email protected].

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