Rachel Miner on Romantic Extras
Radio Interview: 18 July 2012
I interviewed Rachel Miner on "Romantic Extras" on 18 July 2012. Listen to or download this episode of Philosophy in Action Radio below.
Most couples know the joy of sharing loving "extras" with their partner. In fact, making those efforts to do something special isn't really "extra," it's part of a vibrant romantic relationship. The challenge is figuring out what actions to take in practice.
Rachel Miner is a nurse and online science teacher who spends most of her time focused on quality parenting. She blogs at The Playful Spirit where she shares her focus on joyful living with her family which includes her husband of twelve years and her delightfully quirky special needs son.
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- How people vary in their preferred "extras"
- How to discover your partner's preferred "extras"
- How to discover your own preferences in romantic "extras"
- How to express dislike for an attempted romantic "extra"
- Planning "extras"
- What if your partner doesn't see the value in romantic "extras"
- The Playful Spirit: Romantic "Extras": The Fun Work of Keeping a Romantic Relationship Vibrant
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I'm Dr. Diana Brickell. 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 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."
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