Walking through The Walking Dead (Season Six): Who’s the Real Villain Here?

Guest Writer: Michael J. Miller

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Photo Credit – AMC’s The Walking Dead

As a fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead, I spent the past week re-watching Season Six to get ready for this Sunday’s impending Season Seven premiere.  So much of the undercurrent of last season was devoted to slowly building the tension (and anxiety!) surrounding the Saviors and the introduction of their boss, Negan.  In the final moments of “Last Day On Earth” we finally meet The Walking Dead‘s ultimate villain.  This profanity spewing, motorcycle jacket wearing, bat swinging, vision of dread certainly radiates menace.  And, from what I understand, he’s to be the Joker to Rick’s Batman.  But, if I’m being honest, he’s not the character who scared me the most last season, nor is he the one I fear the most going forward. Continue reading “Walking through The Walking Dead (Season Six): Who’s the Real Villain Here?”

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Walking through The Walking Dead (Season Six): Who’s the Real Villain Here?

Kant Get Enough of the Apocalypse? Apply Kant’s Categorical Imperative to the Walking Dead

Beth 1In my sophomore year of college, I took an ethical theory class.  We ambled through philosophies that sought to answer the question: what makes right actions right?  We decided, by the end of the course, that the best ethical theory was the Immanuel Kant’s categorical imperative.  In terms of reasonably determining the best course of action an individual should take in an ethical dilemma, it had the least shortcomings.  Now, I haven’t been a sophomore in college for over 13 years, but I remember this much about Kant’s imperative: it posits that if everyone took a certain action and the results were okay, then the action would be okay.  To examine the correctness of an action, you create a maxim.  For example, if my maxim is “It is correct to steal,” my maxim would be flawed.  If everyone in the world stole everything, then there would be no rule or law, money would have no value, and our exchange system would collapse.  Clearly, such a maxim is infeasible. Continue reading “Kant Get Enough of the Apocalypse? Apply Kant’s Categorical Imperative to the Walking Dead”

Kant Get Enough of the Apocalypse? Apply Kant’s Categorical Imperative to the Walking Dead

Walking Through The Walking Dead: Ethical Quandaries in Seasons 1 and 2

Walking Dead TwoWhy do so many people watch The Walking Dead?  I’ll admit, I was a bit cynical when I first tried to answer this question.  I reasoned that people watch The Walking Dead because it has an unprecedented amount of violence, or because Americans love guns.  And those elements of the show might be appealing to some viewers, but they don’t fully explain the show’s intrigue.
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Walking Through The Walking Dead: Ethical Quandaries in Seasons 1 and 2