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What's Good on TV? Understanding Ethics Through Television

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ISBN-10: 1405194758

ISBN-13: 9781405194754

Edition: 2011

Authors: Robert Arp, Jamie Carlin Watson

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List price: $25.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 9/2/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.10" wide x 9.10" long x 0.70" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Robert Arp has authored numerous articles and book chapters in ontology (in the information science sense), philosophy of mind, philosophy of biology, modern philosophy, and popular culture. He is the author of Scenario Visualization: An Evolutionary Account of Creative Problem Solving (MIT Press, 2008). He is also coauthor of Building Ontologies with Basic Formal Ontology (MIT Press, in preparation) and Reasoning Well: An Introduction to Critical Thinking and is coeditor of Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology and Philosophy of Biology: An Anthology.

Preface
The Pilot Episode: Ethics and Popular Culture
What is Ethics?
How Do We Make Progress in Ethics?
What Does Pop Culture Have to Do with Ethics?
Is Anything "Good" on Television? The Nature of Moral Value
Truth and Nihilism In Ethics
Introduction
The case for nihilism
"The Argument from Queerness," from Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong
The case for realism
from Mere Christianity
Case study: The Office (UK), "Work Experience," series 1
Study questions
Alternative case studies
Normativity - Social, Legal, and Moral
Introduction
You promised to play by the rules!
"Legal Obligation and the Duty of Fair Play"
What does my neighbor have to do with my goodness?
"Of the Limits to the Authority of Society over the Individual" from On Liberty
Case study: The Sopranos, "College," season 1
Study questions
Alternative case studies
God and Ethics
Introduction
What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?
Plato, Euthyphro
Does God make the law or does he just let us in on it?
from The Problem of Pain
Case study: Law & Order, "God Bless the Child," season 2
Study questions
Alternative case studies
What's Right and Wrong? Ethical Theory
Moral Relativism
Introduction
Are we merely products of our culture?
"A Defense of Ethical Relativism"
Relativism is unjustified
"The Challenge of Cultural Relativism"
Deadwood, "Childish Things," season 2
South Park, "Death Camp of Tolerance," season 6
Study questions
Alternative case studies
Deontology
Introduction
Kant's theory of moral duty
from Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals
Arrested Development, "Not without My Daughter," season 1
Contemporary Deontology
Friends, "The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS," season 5
Study questions
Alternative case studies
Consequentialism
Introduction
Mill's theory of utility
from Utilitarianism
Battlestar Galactica, "You Can't Go Home Again," season 1
The Twilight Zone (Newer), "Cradle of Darkness," season 1
Study questions
Alternative case studies
Virtue Ethics
Introduction
Aristotle's theory of virtue
Aristotle, from Nicomachean Ethics
Foyle's War, "Enemy Fire," set 3
Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Hide and Q," season 1
Study questions
Alternative case studies
But What's Right When … ? Practical Ethics
Environmental Ethics
Introduction
Two Approaches to Environmental Ethics
Silly environmentalists, nature is for people
"People or Penguins"
Northern Exposure, "Zarya," season 6
Family Guy, "It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One," season 5
Study questions
Alternative case studies
Animal Welfare
Introduction
Two Dead Ends
Three Approaches to Animal Welfare
Animals are morally valuable, but not as valuable as adult humans
"Difficulties with the Strong Rights Position"
Bones, "Finger in the Nest," season 4
House, M.D., "Babies and Bathwater," season 1
Study questions
Alternative case studies
Abortion
Introduction
One Common Assumption
Six Fallacies to Avoid
Judith Jarvis Thomson and the Violinist Argument
Mary Anne Warren and the Space Explorer
Abortion is wrong for the same reason that killing adults is wrong
"Why Abortion is Immoral"
Law & Order, "Dignity," season 20
Maude, "Maude's Dilemma - Parts 1 and 2," season 1
Study questions
Alternative case studies
Homosexuality
Introduction
Arguments Against the Permissibility of Homosexuality
Arguments for the Permissibility of Homosexuality
Additional Concerns
New natural law theory and the morality of homosexuality
"Homosexuality and the Conservative Mind"; Robert George and Bradley Gerard, "Marriage and the Liberal Imagination"
Law & Order, "Manhood," season 3
Family Guy, "You May Now Kiss the … Uh … Guy Who Receives," season 4
Study questions
Alternative case studies
Punishment and Capital Punishment
Introduction
Theories of Punishment
Arguments For and Against Capital Punishment
Capital punishment is unjustified
"The Justice of the Death Penalty in an Unjust World
Star Trek: The Next Generation, "The Hunted," season 3
Oz, "Capital P," season 1
Study questions
Alternative case studies
Assisted Suicide
Introduction
A Few Terms
Three Moral Arguments Against the Permissibility of Assisted Suicide
Moral and Practical Arguments for the Permissibility of Assisted Suicide
The good of society depends on assisted suicide
"Aging and the Ends of Medicine"
Picket Fences, "Abominable Snowman," season 2
Scrubs, "My Jiggly Ball," season 5
Study questions
Alternative case studies
The Epilogue: DDES TV Erode Our Values?
The Moral Influence of Television
The Debate Over Censorship
A Kantian Reason not to Censor
Case study 1: Family Guy, "PTV," season 4
Utilitarian Reasons not to Censor
Moral Reasons to Censor
Exploitation, Objectification, and TV
Case study 2: Toddlers & Tiaras (any episode)
Reality TV and Psychological Harm
That's All Folks!
Study questions
References
Index