Rapid Fire Questions
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 18 September 2011
I answered questions chosen at random by Greg Perkins impromptu on 18 September 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this section below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
The questions were:
- What's the difference between staying poor and Going Galt?
- Are service professions second-handed or altruistic, since you're not producing anything tangible but instead focused primarily on serving others?
- Shouldn't justice matter more than your own personal happiness?
- Since selfishness is natural, why bother telling people to do it more?
- Isn't everyone selfish, as a matter of human nature?
- Shouldn't ethics be about restraining self-interest, rather than indulging in it?
- What's the point of living if just for yourself?
- Won't your interests conflict with the interests of others?
- Why did Ayn Rand reject cryonics?
- Is public nudity immoral?
- Duration: 18:49
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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.
From September 2009 to September 2015, I produced a radio show and podcast, Philosophy in Action Radio. In the primary show, my co-host Greg Perkins and I answered questions applying rational principles to the challenges of real life. We broadcast live over the internet on Sunday mornings.
My first book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame, can be purchased 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 second book (and online course), Explore Atlas Shrugged, is a fantastic resource for anyone wishing to study Ayn Rand's epic novel in depth.
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