Introversion and Extroversion, Circumcision, Lobbying, and More
Webcast Q&A: 28 August 2011
I answered questions on the validity of introversion and extroversion, circumcision and religious freedom, lobbying as a career, working for a statist company, and more on 28 August 2011. Greg Perkins of Objectivist Answers was my co-host. Listen to or download this episode of Philosophy in Action Radio below.
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Segments: 28 August 2011
Question: Are "introversion" and "extroversion" valid as psychological types? Sometimes people classify themselves and others as "introverts" and "extroverts." What does that mean? Is the distinction valid and useful? Why or why not?
Answer, In Brief: Know thyself! A person should know his base personality traits, so that he can manage himself and his life better.
Question: Should circumcision be banned? Residents of San Francisco were supposed to vote on a ballot measure that would have banned circumcision, except in cases of medical necessity. (It was struck from the ballot by a judge due to conflicts with state law.) Since circumcision is an millennia-old religious rite for Jews and regarded as essential to their covenant with God, would a ban on circumcision violate the principle of freedom of religion?
Answer, In Brief: Routine circumcision of baby boys is a violation of rights, and a religious motivation does not change that.
Question: Can lobbying be a proper career choice? Lobbying involves asking for various kind of favors from the government. Is that a profession that someone who values free markets should avoid like the plague?
Answer, In Brief: A person can lobby for free markets and individual rights with integrity – and to do so is good!
Question: Is it immoral to work for a company that uses government to eliminate or hamper the competition? For example, if a company has brought antitrust lawsuits against its competitors, should you refuse to work for them?
Answer, In Brief: In most cases, ordinary employees are not responsible for the political activities of companies that they work for. Sanction and responsibility requires a closer connection to the actions in question.
Rapid Fire Questions (51:28)
- Do we need an Objectivist K-Street team?
- Is it wrong to work for Halliburton or another company dependent on government?
- Do you know how or if "right-brained/left-brained" tendencies fit in with personality theory?
- When it comes to personality traits, doesn't the attitude of 'nature to be commanded must be obeyed' contradict the principle that 'man is a being of self-made soul'?
- Should the government mandate vaccination of children?
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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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