Category: The Good Place

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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Chapter 1 – All Kantians Go to The Bad Place

In the first episode of The Good Place, we learn that Eleanor Shellstrop died from a car accident.  Waking up in the afterlife, she is told she is in the good place.  It turns out a mistake is made and she should not be there.  As fans of the show […]

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Chapter 0 – Welcome! Everything is Fine.

While watching season 2 of The Good Place, I realized how philosophically dense and mostly accurate the show had become.  I did some research to see if the creator/writers were philosophers.  They are not.  However, they talk to philosophers.  I was surprised by the lack of attention academics are giving […]

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