Rapid Fire Questions
Q&A Radio: Sunday, 1 December 2013
I answered questions chosen at random by Greg Perkins impromptu on Philosophy in Action Radio on 1 December 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
The questions were:
- Do you think it's very backward that the Religious Right admires it when someone suffering who wants to die but instead struggles to live, whereas people who are happy and healthy are expected to sacrifice?
- Is it wrong to give copies of Ayn Rand's novels as gifts to my nephews and nieces, when their parents haven't read her books and would likely object to her anti-religious views?
- If you were in the Matrix, would you have taken the blue pill or the red pill?
- Are there any ethical problems with the Hippocratic Oath? Did Paul have any worries taking it?
- Duration: 6:40
- Download: MP3 Segment (2.3 MB)
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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 first 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."
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