Rapid Fire Questions
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 11 September 2011
I answered questions chosen at random by Greg Perkins impromptu for Philosophy in Action Radio on 11 September 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
The questions were:
- Should a person give back money found in a newly-purchased house if the heirs sold the house because the owner was senile, but he's still living?
- Should organ donation be opt-in or opt-out?
- What does it mean to say that the interests of rational people don't conflict?
- When and why would an egoist help the poor?
- If everyone was an egoist, would anyone be a soldier, policeman, or firefighter?
- Doesn't parenting require self-sacrifice for the sake of the children?
- Don't most seemingly altruistic acts have some core of self-interest, even if only the pleasure of doing the act itself?
- Didn't selfishness and greed cause the financial crisis?
- Duration: 12:54
- Download: MP3 Segment (4.5 MB)
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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."
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