On the next Philosophy in Action Radio, I'll answer questions on ambition as a virtue, happiness without close friends, refusing involvement in a biological child's life, responsibility for a sibling, and more. The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 27 April 2014. If you can't attend live, be sure to listen to the podcast later.



Q&A: The Philosophy of Immanuel Kant · Q&A: Being Virtuous But Not Happy · Q&A: Defending Abortion Rights · Q&A: The Meaning of Marriage Vows · Q&A: Animals as Property · Q&A: The Problem of Overwork · Q&A: The Errors of "Open Objectivism" · Q&A: Giving Back an Engagement Ring · Q&A: Buying Books with Military Secrets · Q&A: Evolution's Ethical Implications · Q&A: Cultivating a Healthy Body Image · Q&A: The Value of Studying Theology · Q&A: Concern for Future Generations · Q&A: Privatizing Prisons · Q&A: Buying and Returning Goods · Q&A: Body Acceptance

From The


The Morality of Vigilantism · Terminal Cancer and Disability · The Morality of Eating Bread · Accepting Unauthorized Discounts · Sexual Values in Romance · The Cost of Freedom · Materialism in Marriage · Doctors Prescribing Placebos · Privatizing Prisons · JK Rowling's Welfare Payments · Romance Between an Atheist and a Believer · Developing Expertise in the Objectivist Ethics · "That's So Gay" · Ignoring Current News and Politics · The Speed of Free Market Reforms · Announcing Life-Changing New Beliefs · Restrooms for the Transgendered in Transition · Evolutionary Psychology · Advertising to Children · Desires and Infidelity · Selling Sub-Optimal Products

In The


Is more information always better in making medical decisions? · Is it a mistake to enter into a serious relationship with a person with serious psychological problems? · Does the morality of homosexuality depend on it being unchosen? · Is it wrong to participate in superstitious rituals without taking them seriously? · Can a person derive any self-esteem or happiness from university study? · Is displaying the Confederate flag racist? · Should the government mandate vaccination? · How can I stop obsessing over past conversations? · Can evil be requited with good? · Does egoism suffer from "one thought too many"?

About Philosophy in Action

I'm Dr. Diana Hsieh. I'm a philosopher specializing 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 Wednesday 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 Wednesday evenings, I interview an expert guest about 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.

I can be reached via e-mail to diana@philosophyinaction.com.

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