Anything Under the Sun
Radio Chat: Wednesday, 29 August 2012
I discussed "Anything Under the Sun" with listeners for Philosophy in Action Radio on Wednesday, 29 August 2012. Listen to or download the podcast below.
Questions on any and all topics were welcome!
- Duration: 55:05
- Download: MP3 File (12.6 MB)
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- What is the difference between "skeptics" like James Randi who provide a valuable service in debunking supernatural claims and the "skeptics" condemned throughout Ayn Rand's and other Objectivists' writings?
- What is your advice on coping with existential anxiety?
- Should doping for greater athletic performance be considered morally or legally wrong? Should the US Anti-Doping Agency exist?
- Why are the Republicans considered fiscally responsible? Just a little research on the internet and you can see Reagan and Bush 43 both ran up huge deficits.
- What tips do you have for someone planning to study horrible philosophy, like Marx and Foucault. Will contemporary critics be of use?
- Talk of politics and rights is prevalent in my household, and we are burdened by the news and active violations of our rights. I feel like I have to choose between either being in the gladiator pit, plagued with anxiety and disgust with society and government or take a much less active role in order to maintain my personal goals, happiness, and sanity. Is it immoral to choose my battles? Because if I battled each one I see every single day, I wouldn't have time to do much more. Where then would be my happiness?
- Do you find that at the end of "Anthem," Liberty 5-3000 surrendered her sense of independence/personal identity?
- Is the limited liability enjoyed by corporations justified?
- Do you think it was wrong for Chris Brown to be awarded a Grammy, given his admitted abuse of Rihanna?
- Should the U.S. government forbid private businesses from trading with Iran?
- When should it be ok for a teenage (or pre-teen) girl to get her ears pierced?
- Is it wrong to give your pet to a shelter if you're moving to a new apartment that doesn't permit pets?
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Does the pervasive influence of luck in life mean that people cannot be held responsible for their choices? Do people lack the control required to justify moral praise and blame? In his famous article "Moral Luck," philosopher Thomas Nagel casts doubt on our ordinary moral judgments of persons. He claims that we intuitively accept that moral responsibility requires control, yet we praise and blame people for their actions, the outcomes of those actions, and their characters – even though shaped by forces beyond their control, i.e., by luck. This is the "problem of moral luck."
In Responsibility & Luck, I argue that this attack on moral judgment rests on a faulty view of control, as well as other errors. By developing Aristotle's theory of moral responsibility, I explain the sources and limits of a person's responsibility for what he does, what he produces, and who he is. Ultimately, I show that moral judgments are not undermined by luck. In addition, this book explores the nature of moral agency and free will, the purpose of moral judgment, causation in tort and criminal law, the process of character development, and more.
Responsibility & Luck is scholarly but accessible to active-minded people interested in philosophy. You can preview the book by reading Chapter One and Chapter Three as PDFs – or by listening to my reading of Chapter One.
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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."
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