By Diana Hsieh
In Sunday morning's episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, I'll answer questions on sexual harassment laws, rooting for anti-heroes, child beauty pageants, teaching children philosophy, and more with Greg Perkins. I thought that might be of interest!
- Who: Dr. Diana Hsieh and Greg Perkins
- What: Philosophy in Action Radio: Sexual Harassment, Anti-Heroes, Kids, and More
- When: Sunday, 25 November 2012, 8 am PT / 9 am MT / 10 am CT / 11 am ET
- Where: Philosophy in Action's Live Studio
This week's questions are:
- Question 1: Sexual Harassment Laws: Are laws against sexual harassment proper? We already have laws against sexual assault and sexual battery, so do sexual harassment laws protect or violate rights? Also, what kind of sexual harassment policies should private companies have, if any? Should people be more skeptical of sexual harassment claims of the kind levelled against Herman Cain during the Republican primary?
- Question 2: Rooting for Anti-Heroes: Is it wrong to root for anti-heroes in movies? I often root for characters like Daniel Ocean (of Ocean's 11, 12, etc.), Erik Draven (of The Crow), Harry Callahan (a.k.a. Dirty Harry), and "Mad" Max. Should I instead seek out movies with more consistently good heroes?
- Question 3: Child Beauty Pageants: Are child beauty pageants wrong? The TLC show Toddlers and Tiaras is a reality show that follows child beauty pageant contestants and their parents around. The behavior on the show is frequently outrageous to a point where questions about parental responsibility and even abuse may come to mind. Putting aside the questionable behavior of the people on this show who may not represent typical pageant contestants or parents, these events ask children to compete based on beauty and talent. So are child beauty pageants immoral?
- Question 4: Teaching Children Philosophy: Why isn't philosophy taught to young children? It seems that teaching philosophy to young children – as young as kindergarten – might result in much better reasoning skills, as well as greater willingness to think independently and question what they're taught. So is philosophy not taught to the young just because some parents and politicians might not like those good results?
After that, we'll tackle some impromptu "Rapid Fire Questions."
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