What's Good on TV: Understanding Ethics Through Television

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What's Good on TV? Understanding Ethics Through Television presents an introduction to the basic theories and concepts of moral philosophy using concrete examples from classic and contemporary television shows.

  • Utilizes clear examples from popular contemporary and classic television shows, such as The Office, Law and Order, Star Trek and Family Guy, to illustrate complex ...
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Overview

What's Good on TV? Understanding Ethics Through Television presents an introduction to the basic theories and concepts of moral philosophy using concrete examples from classic and contemporary television shows.

  • Utilizes clear examples from popular contemporary and classic television shows, such as The Office, Law and Order, Star Trek and Family Guy, to illustrate complex philosophical concepts
  • Designed to be used as a stand-alone or supplementary introductory ethics text
  • Features case studies, study questions, and suggested readings
  • Episodes mentioned are from a wide variety of television shows, and are easily accessible
  • Offers a balanced treatment of a number of controversial ethical issues including environmental ethics, animal welfare, abortion, homosexuality, capital punishment, assisted suicide, censorship and the erosion of values
  • Includes a companion website at http://whatsgoodontv.webs.com
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“In short, this is an excellent book: pleasant and easy to read while imparting essential philosophical Knowledge.” (Times Higher Education Supplement, 24 May 2012)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405194761
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jamie Carlin Watson is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Young Harris College, Young Harris, Georgia. He has published in the fields of philosophy of science and popular culture and philosophy. His current research is in the epistemology of a priori justification.

Robert Arp taught aspects of philosophy at several colleges and universities, including Southwest Minnesota State University, Florida State University, and Saint Louis University. He has published works in many philosophical areas, including philosophy of biology, philosophy of mind, and popular culture and philosophy.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

The Pilot Episode: Ethics and Popular Culture.

Series I. Is anything “good” on television? The Nature of Moral Value.

Episode 1: Truth and Nihilism in Ethics.

Episode 2: Normativity—Social, Legal, and Moral.

Episode 3: God and Ethics.

Series II. What’s right and wrong? Ethical Theory.

Episode 4: Relativism.

Episode 5: Deontology.

Episode 6: Consequentialism.

Episode 7: Virtue Ethics.

Series III. But what’s right when…? Practical Ethics.

Episode 8: Environmental Ethics.

Episode 9: Animal Welfare.

Episode 10: Abortion.

Episode 11: Homosexuality.

Episode 12: Punishment and Capital Punishment.

Episode 13: Assisted Suicide.

The Epilogue: Does TV Erode Our Values?

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