Friends and Fans — I have retired from my work as a public intellectual, so Philosophy in Action is on indefinite hiatus. Please check out the voluminous archive of free podcasts, as well as the premium audio content still available for sale. My two books — Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame and Explore Atlas Shrugged — are available for purchase too. Best wishes! — Diana Brickell (Hsieh)



Q&A: The Future of the United States · Q&A: The Value of Vulnerability · Q&A: Cheating to Get a Job Back · Podcast: How to Be Principled about Election Politics · Q&A: Workplace Diversity · Q&A: Accusations of Date Rape · Q&A: Evaluating Romantic Prospects · Q&A: Impartialism in Ethics · Q&A: Changing Names with Marriage · Q&A: Confidence in Opinions · Q&A: Delegation in Marriage · Q&A: Deriving Self-Esteem from University Study · Q&A: Morality Versus Prudence · Q&A: Concealing a Relationship from Parents · Q&A: Death Notifications via Facebook · Q&A: Honesty under Professional Confidentiality Standards

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Philosophy as Therapy · Lying for the Sake of a Happy Surprise · Teachers Demanding Confidentiality · Regretful Parents · The Reality of Mental Illness · The Major Virtues · Choosing a Place to Live · Vaccinating for Herd Immunity · Evolution's Ethical Implications · Enjoying Fantasy and Theology Literature · Keeping Up with the News · Important Ideological Disagreements · Parenting Via Empty Threats · Cryonics and Life Extension · Right to Die · Child Labor Laws · Conflicts over Diet · Marital Infidelity in the Military · Inappropriate Gifts from In-Laws · To Recycle or Not · Permission Versus Forgiveness

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Should I cheat the system to get my job back? · Is the lack of racial and sexual diversity in the workplace a problem? · What is the difference between familiarity and intimacy? · How can a person use accountabilibuddies to be more productive? · Did Hank Rearden really threaten to beat up Lillian Rearden in Atlas Shrugged? · Is collecting and selling organs from aborted fetuses morally abhorrent? · Is vulnerability of value? · How can I counter the effects of ghosting in dating? · Do doctors deserve our trust? · How do we keep good ideas from becoming trite?

About Philosophy in Action

I'm Dr. Diana Brickell. 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 and Kindle. 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.

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