NBC’s The Good Place television series has had three hilarious yet thought-provoking seasons (its final and fourth season begins Sept. 26, 2019) which tell a riveting story while examining crucial philosophical questions such as what it means to live a good life and whether we have any moral obligations to our fellow man. Along the way, viewers have been exposed to the ideas of several major figures of Western philosophy such as Aristotle, Kant, Kierkegaard, Hume, Mill, and Sartre, as well as a few contemporary thinkers such as Todd May, the Clemson University philosopher who serves as one of the show’s consultants. In addition to its value as a fun pedagogical tool, The Good Place has turned out to be a rich resource for apologetics; many elements of the storyline and character dialogue can be used in conversations about human nature, objective morality, and why the exclusion of God results in a failure to make sense of things in an intellectually satisfying way.
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Melissa Cain Travis about her online-exclusive review “Using NBC’s The Good Place in Conversational Apologetics”.
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