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The Good Place and Philosophy

By: Kimberly S. Engels - editor,William Irwin - series editor,Michael Schur - foreword
Narrated by: Joe Hempel,Amy McFadden
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Dive into the moral philosophy at the heart of all four seasons of NBC's The Good Place, guided by academic experts, including the show's philosophical consultants Pamela Hieronymi and Todd May, and featuring a foreword from creator and showrunner Michael Schur. 

  • Explicitly dedicated to the philosophical concepts, questions, and fundamental ethical dilemmas at the heart of the thoughtful and ambitious NBC sitcom The Good Place.
  • Navigates the murky waters of moral philosophy in more conceptual depth to call into question what Chidi's ethics lessons-and the show-get right about learning to be a good person.
  • Engages classic philosophical questions, including the clash between utilitarianism and deontological ethics in the "Trolley Problem", Kant's categorical imperative, Sartre's nihilism, and T. M. Scanlon's contractualism.
  • Explores themes such as death, love, moral heroism, free will, responsibility, artificial intelligence, fatalism, skepticism, virtue ethics, perception, and the nature of autonomy in the surreal heaven-like afterlife of the Good Place.
©2021 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (P)2021 Tantor

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Annoying Narrator.

I wasn't expecting a GREAT experience because, you know, "philosophy," but I couldn't even tolerate the narrator long enough to find out.

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  • Skepsis
  • 04-14-22

Fantastic introduction to Ethics

This book, using "The Good Place" series explores the ethics in the story lines for the characters. It goes into a little bit of detail about the ethics, morals and philosophy to support what its telling you.
if you have done any study it may be too light but the relating it back to the site means you can relate to the content and its not dry and is less abstract.
I would suggest its better to read this after watching "The Good Place" as there are many spoilers.
My only slight criticism is that it used some dialog multiple times for different points in the text and I occasionally thought I had accidentally gone back a couple of chapters till I realised what was happening.
The audio book is still well worth it.

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  • Yvonne O'Shea
  • 01-16-22

an interesting series of essays on philosophy

you do need to have seen all episodes of the tv series "The Good Place" to understand the arguments in the book as it uses the characters in the show to demonstrate philosophical points. All essays are referenced so it's easy to get the source material.
a heavy book to read/listen to for long periods of time it's essays are thankfully broken up into smaller sections to dip into and the longest was around 7minutes (from memory), making it easier to digest.