Upcoming Radio Shows
On Sunday, 27 July 2014, Greg Perkins and I will answer questions on the justice of defamation laws, pursuing justice at great personal cost, the cultural effects of superhero movies, and more on Philosophy in Action Radio. This episode of internet radio airs at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET in our live studio. If you can't listen live, you'll find the podcast on the episode's archive page.
On Thursday, 31 July 2014, I'll interview emergency medicine physician Dr. Doug McGuff about "Government Controls in Emergency Medicine" on Philosophy in Action Radio. This episode of internet radio airs at 6 pm PT / 7 MT / 8 CT / 9 ET in our live studio. If you can't listen live, you'll find the podcast on the episode's archive page.
Recently Posted Podcasts
Sunday, 20 July 2014: Q&A on Conservative Allies, Grading Fairly, Unearned Guilt, and More
On Sunday, 20 July 2014, Greg Perkins and I answered questions on conservative allies in politics, flunking a student, guilt about refusing requests, and more on Philosophy in Action Radio. If you missed the live broadcast, you can now listen to the podcast.
Aren't politicians like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul allies in the struggle for liberty? Should a professor pass a student who deserved to flunk for fear of reprisals? How can I overcome feelings of unearned guilt about refusing other people's requests?
The purpose of a theory of moral responsibility is to limit moral judgments of persons to their voluntary doings, products, and qualities. However, moral judgments are not the only – or even the most common – judgments of people we commonly make. So what are the various kinds of judgments we make of other people? What are the distinctive purposes and demands of those judgments? What is the relationship between those judgments and a person's voluntary actions, outcomes, and traits? I answered these questions and more in this discussion of Chapter Four of my book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame.
Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism upholds seven major virtues as indispensable to our lives. Yet what of other qualities of character – such as ambition, courage, spontaneity, liveliness, discretion, patience, empathy, and friendliness? Are these virtues, personality traits, or something else? In this 2013 talk at ATLOSCon, I argued that such qualities are best understood as "moral amplifiers," because their moral worth wholly depends how they're used. I explained why people should cultivate such qualities and why they must be put into practice selectively.
Thursday, 10 July 2014: Q&A on Limited Government, Enjoying the Moment, and Lots More
On Thursday, 10 July 2014, Greg Perkins and I answered questions on limited government, enjoying the moment, and more on Philosophy in Action Radio. If you missed the live broadcast, you can now listen to the podcast.
Should the government of a free society be permitted to do more than just protect rights? How can I convince myself that the grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence?
About Philosophy in Action
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."
My radio show, Philosophy in Action Radio, broadcasts live over the internet on Sunday mornings and most Thursday evenings. On Sunday mornings, I answer questions applying rational principles to the challenges of real life in a live hour-long show. Greg Perkins of Objectivist Answers co-hosts the show. On Thursday evenings, I interview an expert guest or chat about a topic of interest.
If you join us for the live broadcasts, you can ask follow-up questions and make comments in the text-based chat. Otherwise, you can listen to the podcast by subscribing to our Podcast RSS Feed. You can also peruse the podcast archive, where episodes and questions are sorted by date and by topic.
I can be reached via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.