The Good Wife and Philosophy: Temptations of Saint Alicia

The Good Wife and Philosophy: Temptations of Saint Alicia

by Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray, Robert Arp

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The Good Wife and Philosophy: Temptations of Saint Alicia by Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray

In The Good Wife and Philosophy, fifteen philosophers look at the deeper issues raised by this stirring TV drama.
The Good Wife gives us courtroom battles in the tradition of Perry Mason, with the added dimension of a political intrigue and a tormented personal story. We witness the interplay between common morality and legal correctness; sometimes following one violates the other. Lawyers operate within the law and within legal ethics, yet routinely do harmful things in pursuit of their clients’ interests. The adversarial system leads to such strategies as stringing out a case to exhaust the other side’s resources and bringing suits ostensibly because of wrongdoing by defendants but really to curtail the defendants as a competitive threat to some important client’s interest.
The idea for The Good Wife came from the recurring news drama of wives standing by their husbands when scandal breaks: the wives of Bill Clinton, Elliott Spitzer, and John Edwards. Often these politicians’ spouses are themselves lawyers who have had to cope with the gray areas of legal battles and maneuvering. Following her husband’s disgrace and imprisonment, Alicia Florrick has to return to the law, which she abandoned for the sake of being a full-time wife and mother.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812698299
Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date: 06/17/2013
Series: Popular Culture and Philosophy , #76
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 488 KB

About the Author

Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray is an author, philosopher, independent scholar, and sessional lecturer.

Robert Arp is author and editor of numerous books, book chapters, and articles on philosophy and philosophy and pop culture. He currently works as a data analyst with the US Army.

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