Rapid Fire Questions
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 10 July 2011
I answered questions chosen at random by Greg Perkins impromptu on 10 July 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this section below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
The questions were:
- What do you think of interventions?
- What is bankruptcy? Should a person's debt expire?
- What if you approached the bank with a speculative loan and were upfront about it (accepting a higher interest rate, etc.)? Is it OK to default if the property value crashes?
- Why are some words considered bad – and is that right?
- Does the fact that Tourettes sufferers involuntarily spew "bad" words indicate a low level psychological acceptance of social language norms?
- If a person just thinks destructive thoughts, does that make the person evil?
- Where's the line between sharing new ideas and information with friends and family – and proselytizing to them?
- What is your opinion of the Suicide Girls?
- Do adult children have an obligation to maintain a relationship with their parents?
- Does the failure of an incorporated business - say an S corporation - impose moral obligations on the owners to pay those debts from other income?
- Should pediatricians ask their patients about guns in the house?
- Duration: 16:28
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I'm Dr. Diana Brickell. 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 and Kindle. 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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