Nov 302010
 

On Sunday’s episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, Greg Perkins and I answered questions on productivity versus productiveness, abuse of animals, the redemption of Michael Vick, Facebook friending policy, fighting apathy, cultural equality, and more. The podcast of that episode is now available for streaming or downloading.

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Whole Podcast: 28 November 2010

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Podcast Segments: 28 November 2010

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Introduction

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Question 1: Productivity Versus Productiveness

Question: What is the difference (if any) between ‘productiveness’ and ‘productivity’? People often seem to use the terms interchangeably, but are they the same?

My Answer, In Brief: Productivity concerns a person’s achievement of his goals effectively and efficiently, whereas productiveness is the virtue of creating the material values required to sustain one’s life. Morality requires productiveness, but not maximal productivity.

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Question 2: Abuse of Animals

Question: Are people who abuse their pets immoral? Or: Should we think ill of someone for neglecting or abusing their pets? If so, why?

My Answer, In Brief: A person’s treatment of his pets reveals his character, for better or worse.

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Question 3: The Redemption of Michael Vick

Question: How should we judge NFL quarterback Michael Vick? As an animal lover, I was appalled when the NFL allowed Michael Vick to play pro football again after his dog-fighting episodes. But now that he’s doing well, part of me wants to cheer for him, telling myself that he’s a “reformed man who deserves a second chance”. Is that rational of me? How do we know if someone has truly turned over a new leaf morally after prior bad acts?

My Answer, In Brief: Michael Vick seems to have made true steps in the direction of moral reform, and his amazing performance this season seems to be a product of that.

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Question 4: Facebook Friending Policy

Question: What’s a reasonable friending policy for Facebook? I’ve been getting more Facebook friend requests from people I don’t know lately. Should I accept or refuse them?

My Answer, In Brief: Adopt a Facebook friending policy that fits with your purpose in using social media.

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Question 5: Fighting Apathy

Question: How do I fight apathy? How should one go about controlling their emotional response to things better? I have found that a lot of things in life have made me far more apathetic towards life; how should I go about turning this around?

My Answer, In Brief: Overcoming any unwanted emotion requires introspection, thought, and action – over and over again.

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Question 6: Cultural Equality

Question: Are all cultures equal? How can you prohibit or restrict anyone’s cultural norms or say they’re better or worse than our culture? Is there an objective barometer by which this can be achieved?

My Answer, In Brief: The proper standard for all moral judgments – whether of individuals or cultures – is human life and happiness.

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Conclusion

Be sure to check out the topics scheduled for upcoming episodes! Don’t forget to submit and vote on questions for future episodes too!

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