Category: Season 3
Chapter 27- Can Science Solve Moral Questions?
In Chapter 27, Chidi has his brain scanned to see if there is a reason why he cannot make decisions. His brain scan is normal. Chidi remarks, “there are actual answers” from the MRI scan. Simone agrees that science is all about getting answers. She then says that philosophers can […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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, […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More