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, 18 January 2015: Q&A on Right to Die, Marriage without Love, Creating Art, and More
I'll answer these questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 18 January 2015.
- Question 1: The Right to Die: Should a person who does not wish to live be forcibly prevented from committing suicide? John doesn't like living. He finds no joy in life, and only lives because it would upset other people if he ended his life. He has tried counseling and medication, but he simply has no desire to continue to live. He makes no real contribution to society, nor does he wish to be a part of society. If John wants to die, he can, but the state will attempt to stop him at every turn, even to the point of incarceration. Is there a point when the law (and other people) should simply respect his wishes and allow him to end his life – or perhaps even assist him in doing so?
- Question 2: Marriage without Love: Should people who merely like and respect each other ever marry? Imagine that a person doesn't think that he'll ever find true and deep love – perhaps for good reason. In that case, is it wrong to marry someone you enjoy, value, like, and respect – even if you don't love that person? What factors might make a decision reasonable, if any? Should the other person know about the lack of depth in your feelings?
- Question 3: Creating Art: Is creating art necessary for a moral life? Since material values are a human need, independence requires that human beings engage in productive activity. Can the same logic be applied to art? Since art is a human need, does independence require human beings to be artistically creative? Would someone who enjoys art without producing any be an "aesthetic moocher"?
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.
11 January 2015: Q&A on Credibility, Third Party Payments, Racial Insults, and More
I answered these questions on Sunday's Philosophy in Action Radio:
Should a person's credibility matter in judging his empirical claims? What should be done about third party payments in medicine? Is it wrong to use racist epithets to insult the truly evil?
You can listen to or download the podcast below, and visit the episode's page for more, including audio files for individual questions.
- Duration: 1:21:08
- Download: Enhanced M4A File (29.1 MB) or Standard MP3 File (27.9 MB)
- Tags: Business, Communication, Contracts, Credibility, Culture, Epistemology, Ethics, Expertise, Fallacies, Free Society, Government, Honesty, Independence, Innovation, Insurance, Islam, Logic, Medicine, Objectivity, Philosophy, Race, Racism, Rationality, Regulation, Religion, Terrorism
15 January 2015: Chat about "Responsibility & Luck, Chapter Six"
I discussed "Responsibility & Luck, Chapter Six" with listeners on Thursday's Philosophy in Action Radio:
"Can an Aristotelian theory of moral responsibility solve the problem of moral luck? In particular, how does the theory of responsibility for actions handle the proposed cases of "circumstantial moral luck"? I will answer these questions and more in this discussion of Chapter Six of my book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame."
You can listen to or download the podcast below, and visit the episode's page for more.
- Duration: 55:48
- Download: Standard MP3 File (19.2 MB)
- Tags: Academia, Aristotle, Crime, Epistemology, Ethics, Justice, Law, Luck, Metaphysics, Moral Judgment, Moral Luck, Philosophy, Politics, Responsibility, Responsibility & Luck
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.
- January 12: Activism Recap
- January 12: NoodleCast #328: Credibility, Third Party Payments, Racial Insults, and More
- January 12: Half Price Kindle Sale on Responsibility & Luck!
- January 14: Preview: Thursday Radio: Chat on Responsibility & Luck, Chapter Six
- January 15: Half Price Kindle Sale on Responsibility & Luck… Right Now!
- January 15: Free Speech, Corporate Speech
- January 15: New Questions in the Queue
- January 16: NoodleCast #329: Chat on Responsibility & Luck, Chapter Six
- January 16: Preview: Sunday Radio: Right to Die, Marriage without Love, Creating Art, and More
- January 16: Report on the Tip Jar for 2014
- January 16: Link-O-Rama