Incorporate films, TV episodes, podcasts, and other media that include plots or conversations related to ethics and the activity of
Incorporate films, TV episodes, podcasts, and other media that include plots or conversations related to ethics and the activity of philosophical inquiry as an in-class activity. By viewing popular media, students understand that philosophical ideas and ethical issues are part of everyday, contemporary life. The suggested film and questions offer an opportunity for reflection on why the textual material matters, which can be used as the basis for discussion or assessment.
Jim Preston wakes up from a cryogenic sleep on a journey to a new colony on a distant world. The trip is intended to take 80 years, but Jim has woken up early, and alone. There are 4,999 other ship occupants currently asleep on their way to their new home. Jim must decide whether to wake up (the prettiest) one of the ship's sleeping inhabitants. If he does, he dooms her to life alone with him on the interstellar ship for their entire lives.
Passengers makes the moral dilemma crystalline clear: should Jim wake someone up, interrupting their trip to their new life and dooming them to a life on board a sterile ship, in order to intervene on his own loneliness? What would Jim's duty be in this limit case? Students can debate Jim's moral responsibility and what exactly he is responsible for.
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