In Sunday morning’s episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, I’ll answer questions on corporal punishment of kids, parenting as a central purpose, compartmentalized cheating, faith in something greater than the self, and more with Greg Perkins. Don’t miss this engaging hour-long discussion on the application rational principles to the challenges of real life!
- What: Philosophy in Action Q&A Radio Show
- Who: Dr. Diana Hsieh and Greg Perkins
- When: Sunday, 24 June 2012 at 8 am PT / 9 am MT / 10 am CT / 11 am ET
- Where: PhilosophyInAction.com/live
This week’s questions are:
- Question 1: Corporal Punishment of Kids: Is corporal punishment of children ever proper? The 2011 video of Judge William Adams beating his daughter raises the question of whether it’s ever necessary or proper to physically discipline children. Does the age of the child matter, particularly given that you can’t reason with younger children? Does the amount of force used matter? When does physical punishment violate the child’s rights?
- Question 2: Parenting as a Central Purpose: Can parenting be a central purpose in life? Many people think that only a career can serve as a person’s central purpose. They think that a central purpose must be remunerative, and that it can’t be merely temporary. Is that right? Can parenting be a person’s central purpose, even if only for a few years?
- Question 3: Compartmentalized Cheating: Is it true that, “if you cheat on your wife, you’ll cheat on your business partner”? A few months ago, a Republican presidential candidate said of Newt Gingrich, “if you cheat on your wife, you’ll cheat on your business partner.” Leaving aside the specifics of any particular politician’s personal life, is the broader principle accurate? If you knew that someone cheated on his wife, does that mean he should be regarded as an untrustworthy for a business partnership? Or as morally unfit to be your doctor? Or as unfit to be an elected official?
- Question 4: Faith in Something Greater than the Self: Doesn’t everyone need to have faith in something greater than themselves? Most people have faith in something greater than themselves – whether God, their community, the state, the environment. Doesn’t everyone need that, to help steer them in life? Or do you think that’s unnecessary or even wrong?
After that, we’ll tackle some impromptu “Rapid Fire Questions.”
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