Rapid Fire Questions
Radio Q&A: Sunday, 19 August 2012
I answered random questions chosen by Greg Perkins impromptu on Philosophy in Action Radio on 19 August 2012. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
The questions were:
- If a person plans to vote for the lesser of two evils, how should he weigh the different evils? What principles or policies are significantly worse than others?
- Shouldn't "animal cruelty" be called "animal brutality"? Isn't there a difference between inflicting pain for its own sake versus for some legitimate goal (such as medical research)?
- Is evolutionary theory compatible with Objectivism?
- Are parents who are, for example, Christian Scientists and won't treat their children's disease negligent? Does the government have a role to intervene?
- Is there any relation or difference between humanism and Objectivism?
- Duration: 10:05
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I'm Dr. Diana Hsieh. I'm a philosopher specializing 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 dissertation defended moral responsibility and moral judgment against the doubts raised by Thomas Nagel's "problem of moral luck."
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