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.
Sunday morning, 7 September 2014: Q&A on Net Neutrality, Rescuing Pets, Too Big Egos, and More
I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 7 September 2014.
- Question 1: Net Neutrality: Should "net neutrality" be law? Lately, many people on the left have been advocating for "net neutrality." What is it? What would its effects be? What are the arguments for and against it? If it shouldn't be law, might private "net neutrality" be a good thing?
- Question 2: Rescuing Other People's Pets: Should a person be prosecuted for property damage when committed in order to rescue the property owner's pet from harm or death? Recently, I heard a story about a man who smashed the window of a stranger's car in order to rescue a dog left inside. It was a very hot day, and the dog would have died or suffered brain damage if it had not been rescued. Was it moral for the man to do this? Should he be charged with criminal damages for smashing the window? Should the owner of the dog be charged with leaving the dog to die in the car?
- Question 3: Too Big Egos: Can an egoist have too big an ego? People often speak disapprovingly of "big egos." The idea seems to be that a person is not supposed to think too well of himself or be too assertive. Is this just the product of altruism, including the idea that a person should be humble? Or can a person really be too big for his britches?
Thursday evening, 11 September 2014: Q&A on Veganism, Revenge Porn, and More
I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Thursday evening, 11 September 2014.
- Question 1: The Moral Arguments for Veganism: Are the moral arguments for veganism (and vegetarianism) rational? People often argue for vegetarianism on the grounds that a person can (and perhaps should) regard the lives of animals to be a higher value than the advantages to eating meat such as taste or nutrition. Is this a rational moral outlook, consistent with rational egoism?
- Question 2: Revenge Porn: Should revenge porn be illegal? Apparently, it is increasingly common after a break-up for a person to share sexual pictures or videos of his/her former lover that were taken while in the relationship. Some people think that sharing sexual images intended to be kept private should be illegal, while others argue that such "revenge porn" is protected speech. Which view is right? Should the consent of all parties be required for the posting of sexual imagery?
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.
31 August 2014: Q&A on The Friend Zone, Hard Choices, Frivolous Lawsuits, and More
I answered these questions on Sunday's Philosophy in Action Radio:
Is there any validity to the concept of 'the friend zone'? How can a person make better hard choices? Should judges refuse to hear cases from lawyers behind frivolous suits?
You can listen to or download the podcast below, and visit the episode's page for more, including audio files for individual questions.
- Duration: 1:08:43
- Download: Enhanced M4A File (24.7 MB) or Standard MP3 File (23.6 MB)
- Tags: Assertiveness, Causality, Communication, Dating, Decision-Making, Epistemology, Ethics, Friendship, Honesty, Incentives, Justice, Law, Psychology, Relationships, Romance, Sexism, Torts, Values
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.
- August 30: Schooling Lila over Training Level Questions
- September 1: Activism Recap
- September 1: NoodleCast #306: The Friend Zone, Hard Choices, Reforming Courts, and More
- September 4: Preview: Sunday Radio: Net Neutrality, Rescuing Pets, Large Egos, and More
- September 5: Link-O-Rama