List of books from The Good Place

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List of books from The Good Place lists books featured in or alluded to in the American TV series The Good Place.[1][2][3] The list is sorted alphabetically by book title.

The television series created by Michael Schur[4][5] includes several references to well-known philosophers like Plato, Aristotle, Kierkegaard, Hume, and Kant but also to contemporaries such as Thomas M. Scanlon, Jonathan Dancy, and Todd May.[6][7] The Good Place gained national attention by making philosophy fun, including by introducing viewers to classic philosophy texts.[8][9]

Books from The Good Place[edit]

  • A Brief Inquiry into the Meaning of Sin & Faith with On My Religion by John Rawls[10]
  • A History of Philosophy, Vol. 3: Late Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, Okham, Francis Bacon, and the Beginning of the Modern World by Frederick Charles Copleston[10]
  • A History of Philosophy, Vol. 4: Modern Philosophy, from Descartes to Leibnitz by Frederick Charles Copleston[10]
  • A Theory of Justice by John Rawls[10][11]
  • A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume[12][13][14]
  • An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke[13][10]
  • Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics by David Mills Daniel[10]
  • Bentham: A Fragment on Government by Jeremy Bentham[7][10]
  • Bhagavad-Gita: The Song of God by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa[13][14]
  • Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments by Søren Kierkegaard[10][15]
  • Conduct and Character: Readings in Moral Theory by Mark Timmons[10]
  • Considerations on Representative Government by John Stuart Mill[10][16]
  • Critique of Practical Reason by Immanuel Kant[10][17]
  • Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant[13][14]
  • De Anima by Aristotle[10][18]
  • Death by Todd May[13][14]
  • Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison by Michel Foucault[13][14]
  • Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy by Bernard Williams[10][15]
  • Ethics Without Principles by Jonathan Dancy[13][14]
  • Euthyphro by Plato[13][19]
  • Fear and Trembling by Søren Kierkegaard[12][13]
  • Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals by Immanuel Kant[12][13][19][14]
  • How Good People Make Tough Choices by Rushworth Kidder[10][13]
  • I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi[10][20]
  • Investigation into Causal Relatioship by Baruch Spinoza[10][21]
  • Introduction to Metaphysics by Martin Heidegger[10]
  • Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? by Michael J. Sandel[10][20]
  • Kant: A Very Short Introduction by Roger Scruton[10][20]
  • L'Année Terrible by Victor Hugo[10][22]
  • Life after Death: A History of the Afterlife in Western Religion by Alan F. Segal[10]
  • Lysis by Plato[10][23]
  • Madness and civilization by Michel Foucault[13][14]
  • Meno by Plato[10][13]
  • Natural Goodness by Philippa Foot[10]
  • No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre[7][12][13]
  • Notebooks, 1935-1951 by Albert Camus[10]
  • On the Way to Language by Martin Heidegger[13][14]
  • Ordinary Vices by Judith N. Shklar[10][19]
  • Paradise Lost by John Milton[10][24]
  • Paradise Mislaid: How We Lost Heaven--And How We Can Regain It by Jeffrey Burton Russell[10]
  • Ponderings II-VI: Black Notebooks 1931-1938 by Martin Heidegger[10]
  • Reasons and Persons by Derek Parfit[15][25]
  • Religious and Philosophical Aspects of the Laozi by Mark Csikszentmihalyi (ed.)[10]
  • Source of the Self by Charles Taylor[19][26]
  • Superman and Philosophy: What Would the Man of Steel Do? by Mark D. White (ed.)[10]
  • Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tzu[10][13]
  • The Basic Works of Aristotle by Aristotle[10]
  • The Beginning of Western Philosophy: Interpretation of Anaximander and Parmenides by Martin Heidegger[10]
  • The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering by Michael J. Sandel[10]
  • The Collected Dialogues by Plato[10]
  • The Coming of God: Christian Eschatology by Jürgen Moltmann[10]
  • The Concept of Time by Martin Heidegger[10]
  • The Essential Foucault: Selections from Essential Works of Foucault, 1954-1984 by Michel Foucault[10]
  • The Essential Kierkegaard by Søren Kierkegaard[10][14]
  • The Gay Science by Friedrich Nietzsche[10]
  • The Hope of the Early Church: A Handbook of Patristic Eschatology by Brian E. Daley[10]
  • The Metaphysics of Morals by Immanuel Kant[10]
  • The Methods of Ethics by Henry Sidgwick[10][13]
  • The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically by Peter Singer[10][27]
  • The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays by Albert Camus[10]
  • The Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle[12][13][14][19]
  • The Philosophy of Alain Locke: Harlem Renaissance and Beyond by Alain LeRoy Locke[10]
  • The Present Age by Søren Kierkegaard[10]
  • The Quest for Cosmic Justice by Thomas Sowell[10]
  • The Rebel by Albert Camus[10][28]
  • The Republic by Plato[13][14][19]
  • The Sickness unto Death by Søren Kierkegaard[10]
  • The Trial and Death of Socrates (Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phaedo by Plato[13][14]
  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra by by Friedrich Nietzsche[10]
  • Two Treatises of Government by John Locke[10][29]
  • Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill[13][14][15]
  • Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour by Kate Fox[10][30]
  • What is Called Thinking? by Martin Heidegger[13][14]
  • What is Good and Why by Richard Kraut[10][19]
  • What We Owe to Each Other by T.M. Scanlon[31][32][12][13]
  • Whatever Happened to Good and Evil? by Russ Shafer-Landau[10]
  • Works of Jeremy Bentham by Jeremy Bentham[10]

See Also[edit]

  • The Good Place
  • The Good Place (season 1)
  • The Good Place (season 2)
  • The Good Place (season 3)
  • The Good Place (season 4)
  • List of The Good Place Episodes

References[edit]

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  3. Abbott, Kate; Davies, Hannah J.; Mumford, Gwilym; Seale, Jack; Harrison, Phil (2019-09-16). "The 100 best TV shows of the 21st century". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-09-14.
  4. Poniewozik, James (2018-01-31). "How 'The Good Place' Became an Antihero Antidote". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-09-14.
  5. Gilbert, Sophie (2020-01-31). "'The Good Place' Was a Metaphor All Along". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2020-09-15.
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  8. Rao, Sonia (January 30, 2020). "Michael Schur knows moral philosophy can be a drag. With 'The Good Place,' he made it fun". Washington Post.
  9. Nguyen, Nicholas (September 18, 2020). "Am I Still A Good Person?". The Cornell Daily Sun.
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  18. "On the Soul | work by Aristotle". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2020-09-19.
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  32. Yuko, Elizabeth (2017-10-21). "How 'The Good Place' Goes Beyond 'The Trolley Problem'". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2020-09-14.

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