Presentation Title

Justice in The Twilight Zone

Faculty Mentor

Saul Traiger

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:00 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 10:45 AM

Location

199

Session

poster 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

humanities_letters

Abstract

The Twilight Zone is an American anthology television series created and presented by Rod Serling and sheds light on major philosophical concepts and theories in each episode. Justice is one of the most significant and recurring philosophical themes in several of its episodes such as “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,” “To Serve Man,” “No Time Like the Past,” and “On Thursday We Leave for Home.” This research project will focus on the explanation of the fundamental philosophical theories of justice, including John Rawls’ argument of “Justice as Fairness,” Kwame Appiah’s ideologies of Cosmopolitanism, and David Hume’s account on the social virtues of justice within hypothetical situations in The Twilight Zone episodes to gain a better understanding of the definitions and conditions of justice. I will first explain Rawls’ notion of distributive justice and defend it against its objections by stating that justice depends on the equitable distribution of social arrangements among people in society, which eliminates their bias towards one another. Next, I will examine the relationship between justice and morality and argue that individual moral standards influence how they distinguish acts of justice from injustice. Then, I will elaborate on Cosmopolitanism and its necessary conditions for constructing such world citizenship. Finally, I will address the limitations of justice in terms of the organization of a state and purpose my own argument that justice and injustice are interdependent as the state of injustice necessitates the need for justice to ensure the survival and prosperity of a society.

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Justice in The Twilight Zone

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The Twilight Zone is an American anthology television series created and presented by Rod Serling and sheds light on major philosophical concepts and theories in each episode. Justice is one of the most significant and recurring philosophical themes in several of its episodes such as “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,” “To Serve Man,” “No Time Like the Past,” and “On Thursday We Leave for Home.” This research project will focus on the explanation of the fundamental philosophical theories of justice, including John Rawls’ argument of “Justice as Fairness,” Kwame Appiah’s ideologies of Cosmopolitanism, and David Hume’s account on the social virtues of justice within hypothetical situations in The Twilight Zone episodes to gain a better understanding of the definitions and conditions of justice. I will first explain Rawls’ notion of distributive justice and defend it against its objections by stating that justice depends on the equitable distribution of social arrangements among people in society, which eliminates their bias towards one another. Next, I will examine the relationship between justice and morality and argue that individual moral standards influence how they distinguish acts of justice from injustice. Then, I will elaborate on Cosmopolitanism and its necessary conditions for constructing such world citizenship. Finally, I will address the limitations of justice in terms of the organization of a state and purpose my own argument that justice and injustice are interdependent as the state of injustice necessitates the need for justice to ensure the survival and prosperity of a society.