Episode 177: Of Good and Evil - Depictions of Morality in Speculative Fiction
This week, the dragons disappear down a philosophical rabbit hole as they chase a workable definition of morality and ethics. SFF has long concerned itself with big questions such as good and evil, or whether relativism or emotivism or some other construct is best for day to day existence. This is never more true than when the authors of such books manage to combine the grittiness of such puzzles with humour. So how exactly is morality depicted in speculative fiction? What makes it work, or not? Join Jules and Madeleine as they take a jaunt through moral philosophy and a side trip through DnD alignment theory. On the slab this week - John Milton's Paradise Lost, Netflix series The Good Place, Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials and, of course, Pratchett and Gaiman's Good Omens.
Title Music: Ecstasy by Smiling Cynic