On the next Philosophy in Action Radio, I'll interview emergency medicine physician Dr. Doug McGuff on "Government Controls in Emergency Medicine." The live broadcast starts promptly at 6 pm PT / 7 MT / 8 CT / 9 ET on Thursday, 31 July 2014. If you can't attend live, be sure to listen to the podcast later.

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Thursday, 31 July 2014: Interview of Dr. Doug McGuff on "Government Controls in Emergency Medicine"

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.

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Sunday, 3 August 2014: Q&A on Compulsory Vaccination, Voluntary Sacrifices, Requiting Evil, and More

On Sunday, 3 August 2014, Greg Perkins and I will answer questions on compulsory vaccination, accepting voluntary sacrifices, requiting evil with good, 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.

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Sunday, 10 August 2014: Q&A on Agnosticism, Teaching Children Objectivism, Conning Jerks, and More

On Sunday, 10 August 2014, Greg Perkins and I will answer questions on agnosticism, introducing children to atlas shrugged, conning jerks and blowhards, 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.

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Sunday, 27 July 2014: Q&A on Defamation Laws, Pursuing Justice, Superhero Movies, and More

On Sunday, 27 July 2014, Greg Perkins and I answered 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. If you missed the live broadcast, you can now listen to the podcast.

Do libel and slander laws violate or protect rights? Should I pursue justice against a wrongdoer at great personal expense? Do good ideas in superhero movies and television change people's philosophy?

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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?

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Thursday, 17 July 2014: Chat on "Responsibility & Luck, Chapter Four"

On Thursday, 17 July 2014, I chatted about "Responsibility & Luck, Chapter Four" with listeners on Philosophy in Action Radio. If you missed the live broadcast, you can now listen to the podcast.

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.

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014: Podcast on "Moral Amplifiers"

On Tuesday, 15 July 2014, I posted a podcast titled "Moral Amplifiers" to Philosophy in Action Radio. If you missed the live broadcast, you can now listen to the podcast.

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.

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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.

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I can be reached via e-mail to diana@philosophyinaction.com.

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