Tag: Utilitarianism

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 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 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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