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The Good Place

This week we are discussing ethical design and we began with an overview of ethics in general.  If anyone hasn't seen it, I recommend watching The Good Place which is available on Netflix.

Aside from being pretty funny and very unique, the show goes into some pretty complex and insightful ethical perspectives on consequentialism and deontology (where in season two the actually play out the trolley problem in 'real life'). 

The article below provides a pretty good overview of where and how the show digs deep into ehtical concepts (WARNING: Spoilers in the article).




  • Jon Dron October 22, 2021 - 9:54am

    Nice find! As a philosophy graduate with an ongoing interest in ethics I have much enjoyed the series myself. I believe that the writing team included professional philosophers to help generate and critique the plot, so there's a lot of academic depth hiding just beneath the entertaining and absurd surface. It's quite fun trying to spot the philosophers/schools of philosophy being called upon in each episode, as well as in the broader trajectory of the plot.