Chasing Goodness in The Good Place

THE GOOD PLACE | Photos: Universal Television

The Good Place poses a central moral question: can people become “good” simply by trying hard enough? In addition to exploring differing answers to this question, the show adds its own moral imperative, namely, that whether or not we can become good people, part of our obligation to one another entails that we at least try. One of the philosophical and ethical touchstones in the entire series takes its lead from Tim Scanlon’s…