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, 17 November 2013: Q&A on Moral Responsibility, Statism's Wreckage, Privacy in Marriage, and More
I'll answer these four questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 17 November 2013.
- Question 1: Free Will and Moral Responsibility: What is the relationship between free will and moral responsibility? To me, the concept of free will found in debates about determinism seems different from the concept of free will relevant to questions of moral responsibility. The former is a metaphysical concept, and a person either has free will or not. The latter is a psychological concept, and it seems to be a matter of degree based on nature and nurture. However, psychological free will seems to presuppose metaphysical free will. Is that right? What is the relationship between free will and moral responsibility?
- Question 2: Values Destroyed by Statism: What are the most significant values destroyed by statism? In other words, what values would be available to us â or more available â in a laissez-faire, rational society that are limited or unavailable to us today? What are some of the major (and perhaps under-appreciated) values destroyed or precluded by government overreach? To put the question another way: How would a proper government improve our lives?
- Question 3: Leaving an Inmate Boyfriend: Should I leave my inmate boyfriend? I am in a dilemma. My current boyfriend is in prison serving a six year sentence. He has been away for a year and a half. It took over two years for the legal matters to be settled and for him to finally get a sentence. This is also my first ever boyfriend and I am already 26. Is it wrong for me to want to move on with my life? After he gets out (if no appeal is granted) he will be forced into a very limited lifestyle being on a sex offender list. I keep thinking about trying to make new friends and what I should and should not disclose to them. Right now, I live with his parents and work with his mother. I feel like I am cornered and am drowning in this huge mess. I want my own life, but with zero support and friends I am terrified of the risk. Do I stick it out? Or do I suck it up and leave him, my home, and my job?
- Question 4: Privacy in Marriage: Are spouses entitled to privacy with each other? My wife thinks that she should have access to all my online accounts, including my email. I don't have any secrets from her, and my email doesn't contain anything scandalous. Still, I don't want her prying into my conversations, and I don't see that she has any reason to do so. I've never given her any reason to distrust me. Aren't I entitled to some privacy in my marriage?
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.
10 November 2013: Q&A on Social Influence, Accepting Welfare, Government Scientists, and More
I answered these questions on Sunday's Philosophy in Action Radio:
Should a person try to 'win friends and influence people'? Should a person without other options accept welfare from the government? Is it wrong to write essays I don't believe to win contest money? Would the government of a free society employ scientists?
You can listen to or download the podcast below, and visit the episode's page for more, including audio files for individual questions.
- Duration: 1:10:35
- Download: Enhanced M4A File (25.3 MB) or Standard MP3 File (24.3 MB)
- Tags: Career, Communication, Crime, Egoism, Ethics, Honesty, Integrity, Law, Meaning, Mental Health, Military, Moral Amplifiers, Politics, Purpose, Relationship, Respect, Rights, Science, Skills, Welfare
15 November 2013: Podcast on "Reading of Responsibility & Luck, Chapter One"
I podcast on "Reading of Responsibility & Luck, Chapter One" on Friday's Philosophy in Action Radio:
"In this podcast, I read Chapter One of my new book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame. Chapter One introduces Thomas Nagel's problem of moral luck, then surveys the three major types of moral luck – resultant moral luck, circumstantial moral luck, and constitutive moral luck. The problem of moral luck is not merely some small problem in ethics. It threatens to undermine any and all moral praise and blame of persons. It also provides the foundation for John Rawls' arguments for an egalitarian political order. This chapter concludes by surveying the book as a whole, chapter by chapter. Chapter One is also freely available as a PDF."
You can listen to or download the podcast below, and visit the episode's page for more.
- Duration: 33:09
- Download: Enhanced M4A File (12.0 MB) or Standard MP3 File (11.6 MB)
- Tags: Egalitarianism, Ethics, John Rawls, Luck, Moral Judgment, Moral Luck, Responsibility, Thomas Nagel
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.
- November 8: Preview: Sunday Radio: Social Influence, Accepting Welfare, Government Scientists, and More
- November 8: How to Win Friends and Influence People
- November 8: Link-O-Rama
- November 9: Lila's Big Adventure
- November 10: Activism Recap
- November 11: NoodleCast #257: Social Influence, Accepting Welfare, Government Scientists, and More
- November 11: Jews, Jesus, and God… WUT?
- November 12: Coming Out of Closets, Gay and Otherwise
- November 12: Link-O-Rama
- November 12: Naughty Kitty Merlin at the Vet
- November 13: Norms of Beauty Versus Eating
- November 14: The Beauty of Gratitude
- November 14: Dog Steals the Show…. Er, the Soccer Game
- November 15: Preview: Sunday Radio: Moral Responsibility, Statism's Wreckage, Privacy in Marriage, and More
- November 15: Link-O-Rama
- November 15: NoodleCast #257: Reading of Responsibility & Luck, Chapter One