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The Last of Us: Philosophy, Theology, and Ethics with Dr. Matthew Kapell

Season 1 of The Last of Us is over, but we’ve still got a lot more to say!

Prof. Dr. Mr. (not a Rev.) Matthew Kapell joins me to dive into some of the larger issues in this show and its connected video game. We’ll talk about the big ethical choices at the end of the story, zombies vs vampires, why Americans in particular are so drawn to dystopian stories, and more!

Matthew Wilhelm Kapell has taught everything from human genetics to film studies at universities and colleges in California, Michigan, the UK, and now New York City at Pace University. Currently, he edits an academic book series on the study of digital and tabletop games. You can find out about his books and other work at He never forgets that too many “Hero’s Journeys” are also “Heroine’s Ordeals.”

Riki Hayashi and Matthew Fox explore the ethical questions from the stories geeks love—superheroes, sci-fi, anime, fantasy, video games, and so much more.
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