Rapid Fire Questions
Radio Q&A: Sunday, 4 November 2012
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 4 November 2012, I answered random questions chosen by Greg Perkins impromptu. The questions were:
- With regard to doctors suggesting a pinprick as an alternative to female genital mutilation, is your view that preventing the actual harm to the child is more important than making stand against the religious dogma?
- Isn't the idea "indigenous property rights" wrong because it assumes collective ownership?
- Is first-sale copyright a violation of the rights of consumers?
- What are some (if any) better alternatives for criminal punishment than prison?
- Isn't it better to act calmly during a discussion and try to keep your opponent calm as well?
- Duration: 11:29
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I'm Dr. Diana Hsieh. I'm a philosopher specializing 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 dissertation defended moral responsibility and moral judgment against the doubts raised by Thomas Nagel's "problem of moral luck."
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