The Good Wife and Philosophy: Temptations of Saint Alicia (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray

Within the strong spouse and Philosophy, fifteen philosophers examine the deeper concerns raised through this stirring television drama.
The solid spouse provides us court docket battles within the culture of Perry Mason, with the extra size of a political intrigue and a tormented own tale. We witness the interaction among universal morality and felony correctness; occasionally following one violates the opposite. attorneys function in the legislation and inside felony ethics, but oftentimes do destructive issues in pursuit in their clients’ pursuits. The hostile approach results in such techniques as stringing out a case to exhaust the opposite side’s assets and bringing matches ostensibly due to wrongdoing by way of defendants yet relatively to curtail the defendants as a aggressive hazard to a few very important client’s interest.
The concept for the great spouse got here from the habitual information drama of better halves status via their husbands while scandal breaks: the better halves of invoice Clinton, Elliott Spitzer, and John Edwards. frequently those politicians’ spouses are themselves attorneys who've needed to deal with the grey parts of criminal battles and maneuvering. Following her husband’s shame and imprisonment, Alicia Florrick has to come to the legislation, which she deserted for the sake of being a full-time spouse and mom.

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On stability, as a reader of My Brother’s height, you will have a better energy over Cardiff than you do over Lambrose. This energy provides a accountability to imagine that Cardiff didn't abandon Robert to die, until eventually you've overwhelming facts to signify that he did; and particularly, to chorus from destructive Cardiff’s recognition extra by means of observe of mouth, till you stumble upon such facts. Now think about the placement of the pass judgement on within the first trial opposed to Lambrose. This place of strength is especially varied to that of a reader of Lambrose’s publication, and masses more uncomplicated. in case you think that Cardiff (or quite Cardiff’s attorney) is telling the reality, you then needs to convict Lambrose for libel. This strength promises a accountability: to treat Lambrose as blameless of libel, until eventually you have got overwhelming facts to signify that he's to blame; and never to convict him until you stumble upon such facts throughout the process the trial. trust and damage is that this a very good cause to think somebody? there's a feel within which this can be evidently improper. Your energy over someone’s recognition, or over whether they are stumbled on accountable of against the law, doesn't in itself have any effect on even if that person’s telling the reality. yet there's one other experience within which your strength promises an obligation; a duty to imagine truthfulness, until eventually confirmed in a different way. Kant may maybe agree that this is often our accountability, seeing that lets now not rationally will the lifestyles of a global during which reputations have been carelessly destroyed. The case of “The loss of life quarter” turns out to teach that if we do have such a duty, what we should think alterations with what our place of strength is. learn the ebook, and also you are obliged to think Cardiff. yet think that the pass judgement on at the libel case occurred to have learn the e-book previously. the instant he steps into the court, his place of energy alterations from that of a reader to that of a pass judgement on. So too his legal responsibility adjustments: he's now obliged to think Lambrose (until this kind of time as he's confirmed guilty). possibly, then, there are occasions after we have an obligation to think an individual now not particularly end result of the convincingness in their facts yet due to our place when it comes to that individual: a private courting, or a place of energy. The latter opens an odd chance: may still our place of strength switch, our tasks may perhaps without warning opposite. this can be a perplexing notion. Can this type of cognitive flexibility fairly be anticipated people? do we truly do that? whether we will be able to, ought we? Pascal’s guess do we opt for what to think? it is a key factor for Pascal’s bet. Pascal’s argument doesn't search to turn out the lifestyles of God, yet particularly, to cajole people who they need to decide to think in God. successfully, we’re ‘betting’ on God’s lifestyles, or his non-existence; and once we make a chance, you must examine the hazards and merits of having a bet each one means. First, think that you simply think in God, and it seems that God doesn’t exist. Admittedly, your hopes of Heaven were thwarted, yet then you definitely aren’t round to be upset through this truth.

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