At first glance, Westworld is just another show about robots run amok. If you look a little closer, though, you find all kinds of other philosophical questions in play, and you find them being explored with impressive seriousness and subtlety. At the level of philosophical reflection, this is golden-age television at its very best.
What is it
They called it a “vast wasteland” in the 1960s, but TV is very different today. Freedom from the broadcast schedule means TV makers can create longer, more complex, more philosophical stories, while binge-watching and on-demand viewing have changed the way we see those stories. Josh and Ken talk to philosophers and others about television's new golden age.
- Alexander Nehamas on serious watching
- Katherine Tullmann on Game of Thrones
- Jorah Dannenberg on Westworld
- Pamela Hieronymi on The Good Place (where she worked as a philosophical consultant!)
Plus suggestions from listeners like you.