Saturday, June 28, 2014

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 most Sunday mornings and Thursday evenings. Below are the episodes upcoming this week. I hope that you join us! More upcoming episodes can be found here: Episodes on Tap.

Thursday evening, 3 July 2014: Dr. Paul Hsieh on "Understanding the Three Languages of Politics"

I'll interview physician and activist Dr. Paul Hsieh about "Understanding the Three Languages of Politics" on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Thursday evening, 3 July 2014.

How many times have you been in political discussions with friends where you find you're talking past one another? You'll make points they consider irrelevant, whereas they'll focus on issues you consider nonessential. Such problems can be overcome, at least in part, using Arnold Kling's concept of the "Three Languages of Politics." Paul Hsieh will explain how freedom advocates (e.g., Objectivists and better libertarians), conservatives, and liberals tend to use three vastly different metaphors in political discussions, which can create unintentional misunderstandings and miscommunications. He will also discuss how to frame discussion points so they better resonate with those speaking the other "languages" without compromising on principles.

Dr. Paul Hsieh is a physician in practice in South Denver. He is the co-founder of Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine (FIRM). He has written scores of op-eds, mostly on health care policy, as well as articles for The Objective Standard. He blogs offbeat tech news at GeekPress.

The live broadcast begins at 6 pm PT / 7 MT / 8 CT / 9 ET on Thursday, 3 July 2014. 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 podcast archives, sorted by date or by topic. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast RSS feed too.

22 June 2014: Q&A on Egoism, Drunk Driving, Curbing Dogs, and More

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

Does egoism suffer from 'one thought too many'? Should driving drunk be illegal in a free society? Do dog owners violate rights by allowing their dogs to poop on others' lawns?

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

26 June 2014: Q&A on Rapid Fire Extravaganza

I answered 20 questions from the Rapid Fire Queue on Thursday's Philosophy in Action Radio.

You can listen to or download the podcast below, and visit the episode's page for more, including the full list of 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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