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 most 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, 5 January 2014: Q&A on Morality of Abortion, Injuries on the Job, Self-Sacrifice, and More
I'll answer these four questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 5 January 2014.
- Question 1: The Morality of Elective Abortion: Is elective abortion morally wrong? Some conservatives support abortion in the cases of rape or incest, as well as in cases of serious medical problems with the fetus or the pregnancy. However, they regard the termination of a normal, healthy pregnancy as morally wrong, particularly as irresponsible. Are such abortions wrong? Does the judgment change if the couple used birth control or not?
- Question 2: Liability for Injuries on the Job: Should employers be required to warn employees of possible harms on the job? Discovery Channel's TV show Gold Rush depicted a South American gold miner using mercury in the mining process because mercury binds to gold and makes extraction from a "sluice." Mercury, being heavier, falls below the surface and is collected at the bottom of a "sluice box." The episode (titled "The Jungle") depicts workers using their bare hands in the sluice where I'm assuming they are in direct physical contact with the toxic mercury. In a free society, should employers be allowed to expose their employees to such dangers? Should employers be obliged to warn employees of those dangers or to take precautions? Or are workers responsible for the risks of their job?
- Question 3: Guilt over Self-Sacrifice: Should a person feel guilty for not acting selfishly enough? According to rational egoism, a person ought to act selfishly – not in the sense of hurting others, but in the sense of pursuing his own good. If a person fails to do that, should he feel guilty for failing to act morally?
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.
29 December 2013: Q&A on Progress on Goals, White Privilege, and More
I answered these questions on Sunday's Philosophy in Action Radio:
How can I make better progress on my long-term goals? What is the individualist response to claims about 'white privilege'?
You can listen to or download the podcast below, and visit the episode's page for more, including audio files for individual questions.
- Duration: 1:17:42
- Download: Enhanced M4A File (27.9 MB) or Standard MP3 File (26.7 MB)
- Tags: Benevolence, Concentration, Crime, Culture, Ethics, Goals, Groups, Individualism, Justice, Life, Mental Inertia, Privilege, Productivity, Purpose, Race, Racism, Self-Improvement, Sexism, Skills
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.
- December 29: Activism Recap
- December 30: NoodleCast #264: Progress on Goals, White Privilege, and More
- December 30: Years of Work in One Sentence
- December 31: What Do You Go for in a Girl?
- December 31: A Quick Year-End Report on Philosophy in Action Radio
- January 1: My January Whole 30
- January 2: Preview: Sunday Radio: Morality of Abortion, Injuries on the Job, Self-Sacrifice, and More
- January 2: Gay for Football
- January 2: Crazy Sauce: Little Souls
- January 3: The Myth of Diana and Actaeon, Retold
- January 3: Link-O-Rama