Would Veronica Mars go to The Good Place?
Veronica Mars and The Good Place present its audience with competing theories of morality. Because of this, Veronica Mars would not go to The Good Place. We learn in the first episode of The Good Place that morality is about consequences. Each action a person does generates a positive or […]Read More
Chapter 18 – Does Death Give Meaning to Life?
In chapter 18, Michael has an existential crisis followed by a midlife crisis. This was caused by Chidi trying to help Michael understand ethics. According to Chidi, Michael being immortal could be the problem. In explaining this to Eleanor, Chidi said, “life has an end; therefore our actions have meaning.” […]Read More
Chapter 17 – Is Self-Improvement a Duty?
In Chapter 17, we find our four humans trying to decide if they should team up with Michael. One of Chidi’s arguments is that he wants to get better. By teaming up with Michael, then there is a chance that he and the others could study ethics more and become […]Read More
Chapter 16 – The Good Cave
In chapter 16, we see Michael constantly rebooting the neighborhood due to the humans realizing they are in The Bad Place. Eleanor and Chidi visit Mindy St. Claire for the fifteenth time. Mindy informs them they always return to the neighborhood. One of the reasons given is that their friends […]Read More
Chapter 14 & 15 – Michael is Descartes Evil Demon
In Chapter 14, The Good Place is rebooted with a plan to keep the humans separate from each other. The goal is to keep them from discovering they are in The Bad Place. Eventually, the plan is for the humans to be brought together so that they will torture each […]Read More
Famine, Affluence, and Superheroes
Suppose you are walking by a small pond. You notice near the shore a small child is face down in the water. All you need to do to save the child’s life is flip the child over. Do you have an obligation to do so? Most people would say yes, […]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