On the next Philosophy in Action Radio, I'll answer questions on regulation of ultra-hazardous activities, participating in superstitious rituals, punishing yourself, and more. The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 4 January 2015. If you can't attend live, be sure to listen to the podcast later.

Question 3: Punishing Yourself

Upcoming Q&A Radio: Sunday, 4 January 2015

On Sunday, 4 January 2015, Greg Perkins and I will answer three questions, including this question on punishing yourself, on Philosophy in Action Radio. This episode of internet radio airs at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 4 January 2015, in our live studio. If you can't listen live, you'll find the podcast on the episode's archive page.

Question 3: Punishing Yourself: Should a person punish herself for wrongdoing by depriving herself of a value? A friend of mine destroyed her phone in a fit of anger over a difficult situation that wasn't her fault. Now my friend feels guilty about her outburst. She thinks that she doesn't deserve to properly replace her phone, as that would reward her irrational outburst. She wants to either buy a cheap phone or go without a phone for a while. That seems needlessly self-destructive. How can I explain to her that she really ought to replace her phone?

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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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