Rapid Fire Questions
Q&A Radio: Sunday, 16 March 2014
I answered questions chosen at random by Greg Perkins impromptu on 16 March 2014. 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:
- Are strip clubs moral? Should men or women (whether married, dating, or single) frequent them? Is it wrong to work for one?
- Will separating school and state will lead to a more religious, ignorant, and economically poor population?
- What is the value of novelty?
- Have Ayn Rand's claims about concept-formation in "Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology" in children been validated by developmental psychology?
- Apart from Ayn Rand and Aristotle, which philosophers have written good and/or interesting works on aesthetics?
- John Aglialoro (the producer of the Atlas Shrugged movies) apparently plans to include a scene in Part 3 in which Dagny Taggart talks to a priest. The first two movies weren't anything to write home about, but is this enough reason to boycott Part 3 completely?
- What would you do if, in the Trolley Problem, Paul was the solo person on the track?
- Duration: 14:23
- Download: MP3 Segment (4.9 MB)
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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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