Saturday, September 14, 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, 15 September 2013: Q&A on Central Purpose, Kant on Sex, Voter Education, and More

I'll answer these four questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 15 September 2013.
  • Question 1: Identifying a Central Purpose: How can I identify my own central purpose? I understand the importance of a central purpose to organize my values and pursuits. However, I'm not sure how to identify what my central purpose is. What if I have a few major pursuits, but none dominates the others? What if my career is in flux – or not yet settled? Also, how concrete or abstract should my central purpose be?
  • Question 2: Immanuel Kant on Sex: What are Immanuel Kant's views on sex? In your June 30th, 2013 discussion of studying philosophy in academia, you said that Immanuel Kant has some very distinctive and revealing views about marriage, sex, and masturbation. What are they? What do they reveal about this ethics? Have they been influential in academia or the culture?
  • Question 3: Becoming an Educated Voter: How should I educate myself so that I can cast informed votes in elections? I'm 25, and I've never voted in any local, state, or national election. I have good reason for that, I think: I've never been able to educate myself sufficiently on the candidates to be certain of who to vote for. Also, as a marketing student with a passion for advertising and public relations, I don't think I could vote until I'd seen the inside of a campaign team as a member of it, so that I have a personal understanding of how much the candidate presented is real or idealized. I know that that is unrealistic, because I wouldn't know which candidate to work for. Instead of that, what steps could I take to inform myself, without consuming too much time, so that I could vote in the next presidential election?
  • Question 4: Atheists Patronizing Religious Businesses: Is it wrong for an atheist to patronize religious businesses? Is it an endorsement of religion or failure of integrity for an atheist to buy goods or services from a religious business, such hiring an explicitly religious (and advertised as such) plumber or joining the local YMCA?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 15 September 2013. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.

Wednesday Evening, 18 September 2013: Robert Garmong on "Censorship in China"

I'll interview Professor Robert Garmong about "Censorship in China" on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Wednesday evening, 18 September 2013.

How does censorship work in China? What can ordinary people access or not? What is the Chinese government most concerned to conceal? What are the consequences of speaking out? What do ordinary people think of the censorship? Robert Garmong, an American living and working in China, will answer these questions and more.

Robert Garmong is Lecturer of Business at the Surrey International Institute of Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in Dalian, China. He studied economics and political science at the University of Chicago, and has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas (Austin). His blog is "Professor in Dalian."

The live broadcast begins at 6 pm PT / 7 MT / 8 CT / 9 ET on Wednesday, 18 September 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.

8 September 2013: Q&A on Central Purpose, Promotions, Sharing, Hate Crimes, and More

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

What is the meaning and value of a central purpose? How can a person gain the self-confidence required to ask for a promotion at work? Is it wrong to protect my competitive advantage in a sport by refusing to share information? Are hate crime laws just?

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


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