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, 28 September 2014: Q&A on Afterlife without God, Concealing a Pet, and More
I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 28 September 2014.
- Question 1: Afterlife without God: Is it wrong for an atheist to believe in some kind of afterlife? I don't believe in God, but I hate to think that this life is all that I have. I can't stand the thought of never again seeing my parents, my children, or my friends again. So is it wrong to think that some kind of afterlife might exist? What's the harm?
- Question 2: Concealing a Pet from a Landlord: It is wrong to keep my pet a secret from my landlord? My fiancée and I own a cat. By the rules of our apartment, we should notify our landlord and pay monthly pet rent and deposits. However, we keep a cleaner apartment than the majority of people without pets. If the cat’s not tearing up carpet and peeing on walls, I don’t feel I should pay more than say someone who is disrespectful of the property and causes more damage to the unit. Moreover, I recently heard firsthand from a group of experienced landlords that they prefer cleaner tenants with pets as opposed to straight up dirty tenants. So should I fess up and pay or not?
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.
21 September 2014: Q&A on Blaming Crime Victims, Constitutional Carry, Hijacking Ideas, More
I answered these questions on Sunday's Philosophy in Action Radio:
Is it wrong to suggest that a crime victim should have taken greater precautions? Should concealed carry permits be required to carry firearms concealed? What can be done to prevent the hijacking of Ayn Rand's ideas?
You can listen to or download the podcast below, and visit the episode's page for more, including audio files for individual questions.
- Duration: 1:07:25
- Download: Enhanced M4A File (24.2 MB) or Standard MP3 File (23.1 MB)
- Tags: Academia, Crime, Crimes, Culture, Ethics, Firearms, Law, Libertarianism, Moral Judgment, Negligence, Objectivism, Objectivist Movement, Philosophy, Politics, Responsibility, Rights, Self-Defense, Technology
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.
- September 19: The Profit Motive: Not Always Good
- September 21: Activism Recap
- September 22: NoodleCast #309: Blaming Crime Victims, Constitutional Carry, Hijacking Ideas, More
- September 22: Shire Horse Race
- September 23: Should You Punish Your Kids?
- September 25: New Questions in the Queue
- September 25: Preview: Sunday Radio: Afterlife without God, Concealing a Pet, and More
- September 26: Link-O-Rama