'Everybody hates moral philosophers': The ethics of The Good Place

Friday Aug 10   03:15 PM to 04:15 PM (1 hour)
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The Good Place is a brilliantly novel exploration of ethics within a setting in which the main characters are already dead and have been judged. As moral philosopher, Chidi helps Eleanor learn to be a better person so she can pretend she belongs in the Good Place, and they discuss many significant moral philosophers and their theories. But how moral is the Good Place itself? The criteria for getting into the Good Place are incredibly suspect - being from Florida or liking the Red Hot Chili Peppers apparently earns you a direct trip to the Bad Place. How well does The Good Place explore ethical theories? Utilitarianism gets fairly short shrift while contractualism seems to be broadly accepted without question. What are the right choices for the ethical dilemmas the characters face and does the show offer us any answers? 
University of York
Academic, writer, editor

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