Category: The Good Place

Chapter 38 – Are We Responsible for Other People’s Decisions?

Michael explains that while humans think they are making one choice, they are in fact, unwittingly, making dozens of choices they are not aware they are making.  This is what results in people being sent to The Bad Place, who, in previous centuries, would not have been sent to The […]

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Chapter 35 – Why Doug Forcett Should Go to The Bad Place

The Good Place is sending contradictory messages about how the afterlife works in this episode.  The episode examines the life of Doug Forcett as a model of ethical behavior that would lead to earning a spot in The Good Place.  While the episode is intended as a criticism of utilitarianism, […]

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Chapter 36 -Splitting Brains and Parfit Explained

In Chapter 36, there is a quick and confusing mention of placing each half of a person’s brain in a different body and then asking which body is the real person.  This question, somehow, was to help us understand why the current Chidi is not the same as the Chidi […]

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Chapter 34- Has Love Ever Been a Choice?

In Chapter 34, we find the episode confusing issues of freewill with the ability to choose our emotions.  The argument seems to be that one’s emotions are in some sense a product of freewill.  If one lacks freewill, then our emotions do not count.  However, as I will show, there […]

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Chapter 13 – Do Our Moral Failings Create Our Own Bad Place?

In Chapter 13, Sean decides that The Bad Place is entitled to two souls.  However, since they have all done bad things, Sean gives Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason thirty minutes to decide which two will be taken to the Bad Place.  This bickering leads to Eleanor having a revelation […]

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Chapter 12 – The Mindy Problem

Chapter 12 has Eleanor, Janet, and Jason (Jianyu) going to The Medium Place while Michael, Chidi, Tahani, and the Other Eleanor are trying to convince Sean that Eleanor should stay.  The Medium Place was created for Mindy St. Claire.  Mindy was a bad corporate lawyer in the 1980’s.  However, one […]

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Chapter 11 – Not All Good Actions Count

Chapter 11 is focusing on Eleanor trying to earn her way into The Good Place by raising her point total.  Sean, the judge of disputes between The Good Place and The Bad Place will soon arrive to decide Eleanor’s fate.  While your official number stops at death, Tahani suggests they […]

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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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