Q&A: Voters' Responsibility for Politicians · Q&A: Charity to Strangers · Q&A: Quitting or Waiting to be Fired · Q&A: Psychics in a Free Society · Q&A: Fear of Leading a Worthless Life · Q&A: The Possibility of an Atheistic Afterlife · Q&A: The Tip Jar · Q&A: Concealing a Pet from a Landlord · Q&A: Blaming Crime Victims · Q&A: Constitutional Carry · Q&A: Hijacking Ayn Rand's Ideas · Q&A: Rescuing Other People's Pets · Q&A: Large Egos · Q&A: Net Neutrality · Q&A: "The Friend Zone" · Q&A: Making Hard Choices

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Emergency Medical Care · Helping a Self-Destructive Friend · Nihilism · Rationality in Face of Overwhelming Emotions · Racism in Dating · Self-Interest in Marriage · Gossip · Violent Sports · Misused Words · Materialism in Marriage · Right to Die · Compromise in Relationships · Selling Sub-Optimal Products · Overfeeding a Child as Abuse · Dealing with Temperamental People · The Limits of Sympathy for Failures · Net Neutrality · Bad Ideas as a Cause of Mental Illness · Women Versus Nice Men · Artificial Intelligence · When to Speak Out

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Do verbal insults sometimes justify a response of physical violence? · Do I have a moral obligation to stay at my current company? · Should spanking be banned as child abuse? · Is it wrong to conceal information from my father while I live in his home? · Is the distinction between needs and wants valid? · What is moral character? · Is random jury selection necessary to ensure defendants receive a fair trial? · Can morality be studied via scientific studies? · Is it wrong to suggest that a crime victim should have taken greater precautions? · Should a person study mindsets before philosophy?

About Philosophy in Action

I'm Dr. Diana Hsieh. 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, as well as for Kindle and Nook. 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 Sunday mornings and most 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 chat about a topic of interest.

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