On the next Philosophy in Action Radio, I'll answer questions on satisfying psychological needs, insane murderers and the death penalty, ideological consistency, and more. The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 5 July 2015. If you can't attend live, be sure to listen to the podcast later.



Q&A: Exceptions to Rules · Q&A: Judgments of Men Versus Women for Sexual Relationships with Minors · Q&A: Respect without Agreement · Q&A: Political Correctness · Q&A: Responsibility for Stolen Firearms · Q&A: Responsibility for a Child · Q&A: Career without Aptitude · Q&A: Needs Versus Wants · Q&A: Medical Care for the Poor · Podcast: Workshop on Procrastination · Q&A: Philosophical Underpinnings of Fixed Versus Growth Mindsets · Q&A: John Galt's Motor · Q&A: Acting Rightly · Q&A: Atoning for a Past Crime · Q&A: The Value of Earning Money · Q&A: Friendship with a Devout Theist

From The


Developing Expertise in the Objectivist Ethics · The Value of Marriage · Prayers of Atheists · Leaving an Inmate Boyfriend · Acquittals of the Guilty Versus Convictions of the Innocent · Friendships with People of Opposite Philosophy · Circumcision and Religious Freedom · Buying Time by Voting Republican · Scolding Other People's Children · Overcoming Paralyzing Indecision · Psychological Egoism, Take Two · The Value of College Degrees · Claims of White Privilege · Cheating on Taxes · Rescuing Other People's Pets · Jobs of Necessity Rather Than Passion · The Morality of Revenge for Harms · Medical Care for the Poor · Rational Suicide · Judging Religions as Better and Worse · The Morality of Working a Government Job

In The


How do altruists cope with their own moral hypocrisy? · Why are there so many popular songs idealizing women who don't know they are beautiful? · How can I be less annoyed with "Atlas Shrugged"? · What is the harm of granting unearned forgiveness? · What should a person do to make up for a past unpunished crime? · Is the United States finished as a free country? · Can I help my family deal with their grief over the death of my nephew? · Are waivers to rights-violating laws good or bad? · What are the philosophical underpinnings of growth versus fixed mindsets? · Should I respond to an "Earth Hour" company email?

About Philosophy in Action

I'm Dr. Diana Hsieh. 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, as well as for Kindle and Nook. 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."

My radio show, Philosophy in Action Radio, broadcasts live over the internet on most Sunday mornings and some Thursday evenings. On Sunday mornings, I answer questions applying rational principles to the challenges of real life in a live hour-long show. Greg Perkins of Objectivist Answers co-hosts the show. On Thursday evenings, I interview an expert guest or discuss a topic of interest.

If you join us for the live broadcasts, you can ask follow-up questions and make comments in the text-based chat. Otherwise, you can listen to the podcast by subscribing to our Podcast RSS Feed. You can also peruse the podcast archive, where episodes and questions are sorted by date and by topic.

For regular commentary, announcement, and humor, read my blog NoodleFood and subscribe to its Blog RSS Feed. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter and connect on social media too.

I can be reached via e-mail to diana@philosophyinaction.com.

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