The Ethics of Survivor

The Ethics of Survivor “It’s Just a Game” By Justin Kitchen This spring premiered yet another season (the 40th) of the CBS show Survivor. If you’re unfamiliar with it, here’s how an average game plays out: A number of people (usually 20) from different backgrounds are ‘stranded’ in a remote location—often on an island chain…

The Good Place and Philosophy 

The Good Place and Philosophy  The Good Place, the Bad Place, and Other People George A. Dunn   In 2016, NBC premiered The Good Place, surely one of the most unique half-hour sitcoms of all time. It’s unique not only due to its principle protagonists all being dead (except for one who’s an anthropomorphized vessel…

Interstellar and Philosophy

Interstellar and Philosophy The Ethics of Space Colonization  By Lance Belluomini   The highly anticipated Sci-Fi movie Interstellar opened worldwide on November 7th. I couldn’t wait to experience the movie for myself on opening day. And I did, on the largest film format there is—70mm IMAX. I wasn’t disappointed. If nothing else, Interstellar contains the…

Call for Abstracts: The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy

The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy Edited by Kevin S. Decker and Jason T. Eberl  The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series   Please circulate and re-post widely . Abstracts and subsequent essays should be philosophically substantial but accessible, written to engage the intelligent lay reader. Works focusing on the five television series and twelve…

24 and Philosophy

24 and Philosophy Jack Bauer and Margot Al-Harazi on “What Must Be Done” by Chandler Brett 24: Live Another Day revives the formulas that made the first seasons of the show successful, yet the writers have placed these familiar themes in new contexts, keeping the story thrilling and thought-provoking, despite some predictability. One of the…