In the next episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, Greg Perkins and I will answer questions on the value of studying personality, the golden rule, yelling at employees, atheism as religion, and more.

This episode of internet radio airs on Sunday morning, 3 February 2013, at 8 PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET in our live studio. If you miss that live broadcast, you can listen to the podcast later.

This week’s questions are:

  • Question 1: The Value of Studying Personality: What is the value of understanding personality differences? You’ve become increasingly interested in personality theory lately. What are the major practical benefits of better understanding personality? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the various personality theories? Is understanding personality differences as important – or perhaps more important – than knowing philosophy?
  • Question 2: The Golden Rule: Is “The Golden Rule” a valid and useful principle of ethics? In past podcasts, you’ve mentioned that you consider “The Golden Rule” – meaning, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” – as flawed. What are some of the problems with this rule? Does it have any value?
  • Question 3: Yelling at Employees: Is yelling at and shaming an employee ever justifiable? Imagine that a product at work must be shipped by a certain deadline – and if it’s late, the company will suffer a major loss. All the workers involved know that, yet as the deadline approaches, one worker works slowly, seemingly without concern for the deadline. When reminded, he acknowledges the deadline, yet his work continues to be as slow as ever. In such cases, might yelling at that worker – even shaming him in front of co-workers – be just what he needs to motivate him to get the project done? If not, what else should be done?
  • Question 4: Atheism as Religion: Is atheism just another form of religion? I often hear that religious people that atheism is just another form of religion – and just as much based on faith as Christianity and the like. Is that right or wrong?

After that, we’ll tackle some impromptu “Rapid Fire Questions.”

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If you miss the live broadcast, you’ll find the audio podcast from the episode posted in the archive: Radio Archive: 3 February 2013.

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