Rapid Fire Questions
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 7 August 2011
I answered questions chosen at random by Greg Perkins impromptu on 7 August 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:
- Why did you say in answer to a prior Rapid Fire Question that Richard Dawkins dedicated his career to finding a biological basis for altruism?
- Might someone who strongly prefers one racial type over another for dating be a racist?
- Shouldn't egoists want want others to be altruists?
- What would stop an egoist from selling his children into slavery, if paid enough?
- What would stop an egoist from kill others over tiny slights and offenses?
- How should you respond when someone attempts to guilt you into sacrificing yourself for a group that you're involved in?
- How should you respond when someone looks down on you for your virtues, e.g. atheism, justice, honesty, etc?
- Duration: 16:39
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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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