The Medium Place: Third Space, Morality, and Being In Between

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Abstract

Even though The Medium Place is overshadowed by the dramatic events that unfold in the fake Good Place neighborhood, it is more significant to The Good Place. The Medium Place is described as an individually tailored “eternal mediocrity,” a place of neutrality and compromise. One of the most prominent contemporary cultural theorists, Homi K. Bhabha, calls this space of becoming, where contradictions and differences are explored rather than resolved, a “Third Space”. Bhabha claims that despite its importance, being “in‐between” is usually “unrepresentable,” and Roland Barthes too refers to his idea of the “third possibility” as having “no place” of its own. But the writers of The Good Place have proved them wrong—they have found a way to represent this middle “in‐between” space it as a geographical neighborhood. The morality of The Medium Place is the most human and realistic of all The Good Place neighborhoods.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Good Place and Philosophy
EditorsKimberley S. Engels
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
Chapter8
Pages75-86
ISBN (Electronic)9781119633280
ISBN (Print)9781119633303
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sep 2020

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