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Irrational People, Arguing Religion, Value Density, and More

Webcast Q&A: 14 November 2010

I answered questions on dealing with severely irrational people, arguing religion with family, cutting ties with an abusive parent, philosophy as therapy, applying value density to life, teachers demanding confidentiality, and more on 14 November 2010. Listen to or download this episode of Philosophy in Action Radio below.

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Segments: 14 November 2010


Question 1: Dealing with Severely Irrational People

Question: What is the proper etiquette in regards to dealing with a deeply irrational person you have to deal with temporarily? Especially when his irrationality interferes with your value pursuits to some extent.

Tags: Communication, Conflict, Ethics, Etiquette, Rationality, Relationships

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Question 2: Arguing Religion with Family

Question: My father and his side of the family are very religious while I am not. Is it moral for me to jeopardize my relationship with them to share the countless fallacies and inhumanities that is religion? If so, how does one go about this process?

Tags: Atheism, Communication, Conflict, Ethics, Family, Relationships, Religion

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Question 3: Cutting Ties with an Abusive Parent

Question: If you were physically abused as a child, but have grown up and "gotten over it," is it still reasonable to demand justice if only in the form of refusing to deal with the abuser?

Tags: Adult Children, Ethics, Family, Judgment, Justice, Moral Wrongs, Parenting, Violence

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Question 4: Philosophy as Therapy

Question: What are your thoughts on using philosophy rather than psychology for therapy?

Tags: Philosophy, Psychology

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Question 5: Applying Value Density to Life

Question: A topic that has come up off and on over the past several months in the Objectivist blogosphere is the concept of "Value Density." Can you suggest how one would go about applying this concept to a specific event or area of life, such as a vacation?

Answer, In Brief: 39:11

Tags: Ethics, Value-Density, Values

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Question 6: Teachers Demanding Confidentiality

Question: Under what circumstances is it reasonable for a teacher to demand from his prospective students that his lessons be kept confidential?

Tags: Education, Ethics

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I'm Dr. Diana Brickell (formerly Diana Hsieh). I'm a philosopher, and I've long specialized in the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I completed my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. I retired from work as a public intellectual in 2015.

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