In the next episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, Greg Perkins and I will answer questions on the wrong of anti-discrimination laws, objectivism’s potential to save the culture, not socializing at work, attractiveness to others, and more.
This week’s questions are:
- Question 1: The Wrong of Anti-Discrimination Laws: What’s wrong with anti-discrimination laws? Most people support anti-discrimination laws, even though such laws violate the freedom of association. Have such laws done genuine good by making racism, sexism, and homophobia unacceptable in the culture? Have such laws had negative side-effects? Should they be abolished – and if so, why?
- Question 2: Objectivism’s Potential to Save the Culture: Can Objectivism save the culture? Advocates of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism often claim that the philosophy is necessary for substantially changing the culture for the better. That seems presumptuous to me. Is it true? Also, is the philosophy capable of saving the culture on its own? Or is more needed?
- Question 3: Not Socializing at Work: How can I politely tell my co-workers that I’m not interested in socializing? I have always struggled with the pressure to form friendships at work. Personally, I don’t want to hang out with my coworkers after work. I don’t want to chit chat during work. I won’t want to celebrate birthdays or other personal events. This is always interpreted as me being snobbish, aloof, and worst of all “not a team player.” It’s so annoying. I just want to do a good job and then leave, not join a social club. How can I communicate that without being offensive?
- Question 4: Attractiveness to Others: Should you care whether other people find you attractive? Some people think that you shouldn’t care what others think of your physical appearance – and that if you do care, that’s second-handed. Others say that it’s fine if you value praise from others, as a form of psychological visibility. Who is right?
After that, we’ll tackle some impromptu “Rapid Fire Questions.”
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