Rapid Fire Questions
Q&A Radio: Sunday, 5 January 2014
I answered questions chosen at random by Greg Perkins impromptu on Philosophy in Action Radio on 5 January 2014. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
The questions were:
- What place does Ayn Rand deserve in the history of philosophy? Is she one of the "big ones," like Kant and Descartes, or is her philosophy just a minor variation on Aristotle's?
- How do I keep myself from just coming off as a contrarian when I disagree with something that's more ingrained than just mainstream?
- Duration: 7:43
- Download: MP3 Segment (2.7 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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