Darkside, radio play by Tom Stoppard (2013)
Thought Experiment: an hypothesis, a theory for the purpose of thinking through its consequences
On the run
“An action is a moral action only if the consequences are good.
The consequences are good if they increase the sum of human happiness.
We define happiness as a state of well-being starting off with being alive instead of dead.”
1. Define this moral philosophy using your own words.
Emily talks to the Boy from the thought experiment.
What are arguments against Ethics man (Utilitarian consequentialism)
What does the Boy say about Immanuel Kant’s moral philosophy?
5. What kind of moral philosophy is it? What do you think it proposes based on the Boy’s comment?
What do you think the juggler on the radio is?
As they decide to move on their quest in the search of the good and seek out the wise one, Emily and the boy are shaken off by the sound of an airplane exploding and they see: Űbermensch!
Mr Baggot is Űbermensch.
“Nietzsche looked around him and that God was dead.
The question fellows is: if God is dead, who is making the rules?
Nobody Nietzsche said; or rather, anybody; the rules are made by whoever has the will the make them. He who has the will gets the parachute. Slave or superman is the only choice. There is no other morality”.
Define this moral philosophy using your own words. What issues do you see arising from it?
What does it mean that the secret of life is: This not drill.
Pay attention to the music playing in the background? How can it inform your commentary about the secret of life? (I suggest you look up the lyrics for the song: Time, by Pink Floyd)
C. The Great Gig in the Sky
Who is the Fat man? What has he done?
Emily accuses the Fat man of cheating. Why? How does the Fat man defend his choices?
Do you agree with Emily’s counter-arguments?
What is Emily’s criticism of Mr. Baggot.?
What is the good?
E. Us and them
What does it mean that the good is selfishness in disguise?
2. How, from this, is Emily formulating what the good is?
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