On the next Philosophy in Action Radio, I'll answer questions on doctrine of double effect, being helpful to a disliked co-worker, collectivism among sports fans, and more. The live broadcast begins at 6 pm PT / 7 MT / 8 CT / 9 ET on Thursday, 29 January 2015. If you can't attend live, be sure to listen to the podcast later.



Q&A: The Regulation of Ultrahazardous Activities · Q&A: Declining Gift Solicitations · Q&A: The Right to Die · Q&A: Marriage without Love · Q&A: Creating Art · Chat: Responsibility & Luck, Chapter Six · Q&A: The Importance of Credibility · Q&A: Third Party Payments in Medicine · Q&A: Insulting with Racial Epithets · Q&A: Participating in Superstitious Rituals · Q&A: Punishing Yourself · Q&A: Extremism Versus Consistency · Q&A: Overcoming Lethargy · Q&A: The Relationship Between Philosophy and Science · Interview: Paul Hsieh on Radiology in Practice · Q&A: Managing Differences with Family

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Responding to Beggars · Forgiving Yourself · Optional Values Versus Moral Values · Sacrifice in War · The Justice of Alimony Payments · Initiating Contact in Friendship · The Meaning of Life as the Standard of Value · Family Members Spreading Urban Legends · The Morality of Free Riding · Accepting Unauthorized Discounts · Gay "Conversion" Therapy · Cultivating Powers of Self-Control · The Possibility of an Atheistic Afterlife · Changing Minds on Gay Marriage · Self-Destructive Pleasures · Polyamory Versus Monogamy · Enjoying the Moment · Immoral Means to Great Values · Guilt about Refusing Requests · Sharing Lecture Notes · Cultivating Good Luck

In The


Should I trust the medical profession more? · Are people living in a free society obliged to contribute to its government? · Is it hypocritical to manufacture products based on wrong ideas? · How should a doctor respond to questions about her religious beliefs? · It is moral to advocate for the boycott of a business? · How does personality theory affect ethics? · Is it wrong to contribute to a podcaster with odious political views? · Should I pursue a career that interests me even if I don't have much aptitude for it? · What is the moral status of actions aimed at tending to one's body? · How should nuisance limits be set for new technology?

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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