Author: ForkingPhilosopher

Chapter 10 – Eleanor, Aristotle, and the Importance of Friends

One of the central themes of Chapters 8-10, and in fact the entire series, is the importance of friendship for moral development.  In Chapter 8, we have a flashback of Eleanor with a horrible roommate.  Eleanor then behaves badly as a person and a roommate.  In Chapter 9, we have […]

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Chapter 9 – The Importance of Self-Worth

One of the more subtle, yet important themes in Chapter 9 is self-worth.  The idea seems to be that one’s self-worth can be deeply affected by the actions and words of those around us.  If one is told that one is worthless, then one will feel worthless.  We see this […]

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Chapter 26 – Is Being Good its own Reward?

At the end of season 2, the Judge says that the fact that our humans continued to improve after death does not count because they could be doing it out of self-interest.  People should do good because it is good and not for a reward or to avoid punishment.  Michael […]

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Chapter 8 – Moral Development in the Afterlife

While there are many threads in episode 8 relating to themes in future episodes, Chapter 8 presents the audience with an indictment of the permanency of the binary afterlife.  In many religions, there is the good place and the bad place.  Where one goes depends on one’s actions while alive.  […]

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Chapter 7 – The Moral Obligation to Kill Janet

In order to stop Michael from going into retirement where he will be tortured for all eternity, Eleanor hatches a plan to stop the train that will take Michael into retirement.  Stopping the train means killing Janet by pressing a red button.  Eleanor justifies doing a small bad for a […]

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Chapter 6 – Is it Reasonable to Break a Promise?

Chapter six introduces an ethical dilemma for Eleanor.  She has promised Michel to help find the cause of the glitches.  Since she is the glitch, then helping Michael is contrary to her self-interest.  Chidi provides Eleanor with moral guidance and Tim Scanlon’s book What We Owe to Each Other.  Scanlon […]

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Chapter 5 – Moral Motivations Count More than Outcomes

The moral message being made in episode 5 seems to be that one’s motivations matter more than the outcomes for determining if one is a good person or not.  This is illustrated through three different focuses in the episode. Episode 5 begins with Eleanor undecided about what yogurt flavor to […]

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Chapter 4 – The Parable of the Sock, AKA, Philosophy for Dummies

At the beginning of chapter 4, we see Eleanor in class.  Chidi is discussing self-identity.  On the chalkboard, there is a list of works.  Two things stood out to me.  The first was a work by David Hume listed as A Treatise of the Self with a date of 1738.  […]

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Chapter 3 – Aristotle’s Account of How to Become a Good Person

In episode two of The Good Place, one of the central questions was if morality could be taught.  As Chidi mentioned, Aristotle believes that you can be taught to be a good person.  At the beginning of episode three, Chidi is trying to explain why being a good person is […]

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Chapter 2 – Selfishness as Moral Motivation

One of the central questions of the second episode of The Good Place is if morality can be taught.  Towards the end of the episode, Chidi says that Eleanor is the most self-obsessed person.  He goes to claim that she is too selfish to be a good person.  It is […]

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