Pursuing Personal Values in an Imperfect World
Radio Q&A: 14 October 2012, Question 1
I answered a question on pursuing personal values in an imperfect world for Philosophy in Action Radio on 14 October 2012. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Given the terrible state of the economy and culture, is it wrong to pursue your own personal values? Shouldn't we all be working full time at counteracting the terrible ideas that run rampant in our culture? Is time taken away from "the good fight" in pursuit of other activities merely a useless distraction, counterproductive, and possibly immoral – as some people claim? Or is the pursuit of your own values a moral way to enjoy one's life in spite of the grim state of the culture, politics, and the economy?
My Answer, In Brief: Don't play the martyr and sacrifice yourself to save the world. Pursue your values, and reject secular apocalypticism.
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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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