Saturday, April 06, 2013

Philosophy Weekend: News from Philosophy in Action

By Diana Hsieh

Every Saturday, I post the news of the week from my primary work, Philosophy in Action, where I apply rational principles to the challenges of real life. Here's this week's update.

Upcoming Radio Shows


Philosophy in Action Radio broadcasts live over the internet on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Below are the episodes upcoming this week. I hope that you join us! More upcoming episodes can be found here: Episodes on Tap.

Sunday Morning, 7 April 2013: Q&A on Civil Unions, Is-Ought Gap, Political Disagreements, and More

I'll answer these four questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 7 April 2013.
  • Question 1: Gay Marriage Versus Civil Unions: Is "gay marriage" really a kind of marriage? Many people support civil unions for gays, but they think that such unions shouldn't be called marriage. Usually, they claim that marriage is essentially religious, that procreation is central to marriage, or that marriage concerns a man and a woman. Should gay unions be considered a valid form of marriage, legally or socially? Would civil unions be an acceptable alternative?
  • Question 2: The Is-Ought Gap: What is the solution to the is-ought problem? David Hume famously claimed that statements about what ought to be cannot be derived from statements about what is the case. Does that mean that ethics is impossible? Can the gap be bridged, and if so, how?
  • Question 3: The Destruction of a Friendship: What's the proper response to the dissolution of a friendship within a social group? I loved your your May 6th, 2012 discussion of "unforgivable acts," and I have a follow-up question. Now – after cutting my losses with a best friend, after years of giving second chances, talking with him repeatedly, and determining that there's no more basis for a friendship – how do I judge mutual friends of ours? Some of them think that my actions weren't justified. Some resent me for breaking up a group of friends. Many want me to either make up with this person or tolerate him at gatherings. Is this reaction by these mutual friends fair? How should I respond to them?
  • Question 4: Mixing Politics and Romance: Can people with divergent political views enjoy a good romantic relationship? Some of my liberal friends won't date conservatives, and some of my conservative friends are horrified at the thought of dating a liberal. Is that reasonable? Since I'm in favor of free markets, should I only date other advocates of free markets? Can people with very different political views enjoy a good romantic relationship?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 7 April 2013. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.

Wednesday Evening, 10 April 2013: John McCaskey on "Libertarianism's Moral Shift"

I'll interview historian of science John McCaskey about "Libertarianism's Moral Shift" on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Wednesday evening, 10 April 2013.

"As the libertarian movement has become more mainstream in recent decades, its justification for liberty has changed. How so – and is that change for the better?"

Dr. McCaskey is an historian of philosophy of science who spent twenty years in the computer industry before returning to academia. He has been teaching at Stanford University, Stevens Institute of Technology, and most recently in the Political Science department at Brown University.

The live broadcast begins at 6 pm PT / 7 MT / 8 CT / 9 ET on Wednesday, 10 April 2013. The podcast will be posted later that evening. For more details, check out the episode page.


Recent Podcasts


The podcasts of last week's radio shows are now available. Check out the full collection of past radio shows in the archives, sorted by date or by topic. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast RSS feed too.

31 March 2013: Q&A on Protecting Privacy, Gay Marriage, Chinese Goods, and More

I answered these questions on Sunday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

How should a person respond when pressured to reveal private information? How might social conservatives be convinced to support gay marriage? How can a person deal with overzealous ideologues? Is it moral to buy products from Chinese companies?

You can listen to or download the podcast below, and visit the episode's page for more, including audio files for individual questions.

31 March 2013: Q&A on Protecting Privacy, Gay Marriage, Chinese Goods, and More

I answered these questions on Sunday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

How should a person respond when pressured to reveal private information? How might social conservatives be convinced to support gay marriage? How can a person deal with overzealous ideologues? Is it moral to buy products from Chinese companies?

You can listen to or download the podcast below, and visit the episode's page for more, including audio files for individual questions.

Recent Blog Posts


Here are last week's posts to Philosophy in Action's blog NoodleFood, ordered from oldest to newest. Don't miss a post: subscribe to NoodleFood's RSS Feed.

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