Ethics With a Soundtrack


Dr. House and Dr. Cameron are both polar opposites. House envisions accomplishing every task through the use of rationality. He is also misanthropic. Cameron believes that there is good in everyone. Should Gregory House really be healing patients like he does while he is OD-ing on Vicodin?

The song playing in the background really brings up the polarities between House and Cameron. Allison Cameron once loved House. House, through his misanthropy and his abuses of power, drove Cameron away from him. Both are atheists–hence, “Where is your God? Where is your God? Where is your God?”

Will House “kill to save a life” or “to prove [himself] right”? The answer is a positive “yes”. For Cameron, the question would simply be posed to challenge Dr. House’s morals.

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15 Responses to Ethics With a Soundtrack

  1. jrj1701 says:

    I always liked watching House, the main character was a dilemma for a fundamentalist friend of mine, because He could not rationalize how House could be a drug addict and a good doctor that saved lives. This confounded him because he held the idea that drug addicts were useless animals and not deserving of respect. I of course saw the trap that he had fallen into and knew that he would eventually figure it out. The exceptions to any rule make it a necessity to reform the rules.

    • Dr. House is also my favorite ethicist (or is he an anti-ethicist?).

      • jrj1701 says:

        Dr. House would have a problem fitting into either category, he is too eclectic;)

      • There was an Islamic philosopher by the name of Al-Ghazali who wrote a work entitled “The Inocherence of the Philosophers”. The Islamic philosopher Ibn Rushd wrote a response titled “The Incoherence of Incoherence”.

        I surprised my history professor when I told him I studied Biblical Hebrew for a second language. His response–“I just didn’t picture you as an Old Testament scholar”. Dr. House reminds me of myself a lot. It was last year around this time I started getting into the show ironically. I was an agnostic at the time I started watching it. Never told any one at my Evangelical Covenant Church though.

      • jrj1701 says:

        “House” tends to go places that folks who are stuck in binary thinking have a hard time with. Sometimes compartmentalization is wise.

      • it always surprises me when my father tries to categorize me as thinking in binaries. i’m not even certain i do that now. i certainly have rigid opinions though (like we all!).

      • jrj1701 says:

        A rigid frame work has its own advantages, and its disadvantages. If you have done any mechanical work you become surprised at the how the flexibility of substances is important, and how what you think is solid and immutable has a flexibility that has to be taken into consideration. Today I see that we are going more to binary thinking, and this does help improve things like pictures and sound recordings, yet binary thinking is something to beware of in dealing with complex systems. That is what each individual is, a complex system comprised of emotions, knowledge, wisdom and experiences.

      • In liberal studies, you read a lot of people that you just disagree with so much. Some aren’t that well-educated in the subject their writing about either. I’ve seen some NT scholars try and make a statement about the inquisitions that was completely bogus that no ecclesiastical historian I know of would make. I’ve seen religious studies scholars think that this makes them infallible interpreters of the history of religion when the reality is that religious studies incorporates a bunch of fields inside of it. I’ve seen philosophers trying to make historical statements about church history (such as how Constantine put the Bible together–which no one agrees with–or how Christianity was created by Constantine) neither of which hold any weight given what happened in between Constantine and Theodosius.

      • jrj1701 says:

        That is a distressing trend that I have seen. Folks are insisting on being ignorant. and they shove their ignorance off as facts and then somebody quotes their book as authoritative on the subject, and all they really did was state and unproven opinion. When somebody presents the facts it is ignored by the majority that fell for the incorrect version. Go figure.

      • JAROSLAV PELIKAN POINTS THIS OUT ABOUT FEMINIST SCHOLARS IN HIS BOOK, “mARY tHROUGH THE cENTURIES”. I HAD A COMPARATIVE MYSTICISM CLASS LAST SEMESTER WHERE IT WAS CLAIMED BY FEMINIST SCHOLARS THAT SHE SUPPORTED LESBIANISM! THE FACT IS THAT SHE CONDEMNED HOMOSEXUAL RELATIONS AND MAINTAINED A COMPLEMENTARIAN VIEWPOINT! THEY WERE TRYING TO HAIL HER AS ONE OF THEM WHEN SHE WOULD HAVE COMPLETELY THROWN FITS IF SHE KNEW THAT! EVERYONE IN THE CLASS NATURALLY BOUGHT THE FEMINIST SCHOLARS THOUGH SO THE BRAIN DAMAGE WAS ALREADY DONE.

      • sorry…had caps lock on mistakenly. qvo’s being a nudge again.

      • jrj1701 says:

        QVO can be hard to handle, his views are very rigid and he is getting alarmed because he is starting to realize that being too rigid means the structure of his beliefs won’t withstand the pressures of reality. He will crack if he doesn’t learn that being flexible doesn’t mean compromising his faith.

      • rigid with flexibility to bend is what i am.

      • yeah, it’s a shame…
        otoh, debating between tolstoy, duffy, and copleston for my next read after brothers karamazov.
        as well, leaning strongly toward cambridge’s mml (modern and medieval languages) and advanced diploma in scriptural languages program for pre-master’s work right now–but i’d have to be freaky smart to get in!

      • jrj1701 says:

        Dude you are freaky smart, so gird your loins and proceed. I believe it will be to your advantage.

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