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Philosophy and "The Good Place"

Evening Program

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Code: 1L0338
Tickets
$20 - Member
$25 - Non-Member

Todd May (Photo: Ashley Jones/Clemson University)

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  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
  • Platform: Zoom
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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

One of television’s most talked-about programs, “The Good Place,” just ended after four seasons. Combining philosophy and humor, the show asked what it means to try to be a morally good human being. The comedy took its philosophy seriously, keeping its references to famous philosophers’ ethical theories—and their implications—honest.

"Good Place" philosophical adviser and author Todd May talks about the various theories and moral dilemmas that the show addressed, such as existentialism, utilitarianism, and psychological egoism. May explores the series’ central question and how the characters—flawed humans all—each found their own way to redemption—philosophically speaking.

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This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.