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Meta Treks: A Star Trek Philosophy Podcast

Meta Treks is a Trek.fm podcast dedicated to a deep examination of the philosophical ideas found in Star Trek. In each episode, Zachary Fruhling and Mike Morrison take you on a fascinating journey into the inner workings of Star Trek storytelling, deeper into subspace than you've ever traveled before.
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Sep 12, 2016

Justice.  

In this episode of Meta Treks, hosts Zachary Fruhling and Mike Morrison discuss the Next Generation episode "Justice." This first-season TNG episode deals with a range of issues in philosophy of law and punishment, such as the concept of strict liability, intrinsically wrong crimes versus statutory crimes, ignorance of the law as a defense, the death penalty as a deterrent, and the role of intentionality in determining culpability.  

Chapters 
Welcome to Episode 41 (00:01:07) 
Initial Thoughts on "Justice" (00:01:48) 
Strict Liability (00:05:35) 
Proportional Punishment (00:10:17) 
Intrinsic Wrongs [malum in se] vs. Statutory Crimes [malum prohibitum] (00:13:18) 
Eden and Original Sin - Balancing Tranquility and Justice (00:17:36) 
Ignorance of the Law as a Defense (00:25:33) 
Punishment Zones and Speeding Tickets (00:28:31) 
The Death Penalty as a Deterrent (00:33:18) 
Intentionality and Culpability (00:43:27) 
Consequentialism - One Life versus a Thousand Lives (00:50:52) 
The Prime Directive and Laws on an Alien World (01:00:48) 
Final Thoughts (01:06:48)  

Hosts 
Zachary Fruhling and Mike Morrison  

Production 
Mike Morrison (Editor and Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Patrick Devlin (Associate Producer) Kay Elizabeth Janeway (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)  

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