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Private prisons on Philosophy in Action

Over the weekend, my friend Diana Hsieh discussed private prisons on her Internet radio show Philosophy in Action. For those who aren’t familiar with Diana or her show, here’s her blurb:

I’m Dr. Diana Hsieh. I’m a philosopher specializing the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I received my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. My book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame, is available for purchase in paperback, as well as for Kindle and Nook. The book defends the justice of moral praise and blame of persons using an Aristotelian theory of moral responsibility, thereby refuting Thomas Nagel’s “problem of moral luck.”

My radio show, Philosophy in Action Radio, broadcasts live over the internet on Sunday mornings and most Wednesday evenings. On Sunday mornings, I answer questions applying rational principles to the challenges of real life in a live hour-long show. Greg Perkins of Objectivist Answers co-hosts the show. On Wednesday evenings, I interview an expert guest about a topic of interest.

You can listen to the twelve-minute segment on private prisons here. Diana discusses some of my work, including Prison Accountability and Performance Measures and Privatization and the Elusive Employee-Contractor Distinction.

Generally, I recommend Diana’s show for those who like listening to radio and are interested in applications of philosophy to practical life. Diana’s perspective is informed by Objectivism, but you don’t have to subscribe to that philosophy to enjoy the show.

Also, I was a guest on her show in November 2012, talking about tort law. (The show discusses all sorts of issues, but for those particularly interested in law, the archive of law-related segments is here.)

Sasha Volokh lives in Atlanta with his wife and three kids, and is an associate professor at Emory Law School. He has written numerous articles and commentaries on law and economics, privatization, antitrust, prisons, constitutional law, regulation, torts, and legal history.



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