I am very grateful to Steven M. Sanders for many helpful comments on various drafts of this essay, from inception to completion. I am also indebted to Christeen Clemens for making her video library available to me, enabling me to review key episodes.
1. Transcribed in Ed Robertson, The Fugitive Recaptured: The Thirtieth Anniversary Companion to a Television Classic (Los Angeles: Pomegranate Press, 1993). Robertson calls this "the most famous run-on sentence in television history" (78).
2. I am grateful to Chris Sciabarra for suggesting the expression "morality play" as a way to characterize the show, as well as for several other helpful comments.
3. Aeon J. Skoble, "Moral Clarity and Practical Reason in Film Noir," in The Philosophy of Film Noir, ed. Mark T. Conard (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2005), 41-49; and "Justice and Moral Corruption in A Simple Plan," in The Philosophy of Neo-Noir, ed. Mark T. Conard (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2006), 83-91.
4. For example, in Immanuel Kant, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, 3rd ed. trans. James W. Ellington (Indianapolis: Hackett, 1993).
5. Again, it is not important whether a Kantian might challenge the contrast I'm drawing between the role of emotion in ethical decisionmaking in virtue ethics and what seems to be Kant's admonition that we look not to our inclinations and passions, since there is no fact of the matter about whether Kimble is "really" a Kantian. I am interested here in seeing which ethical theory fits The Fugitive best. I am grateful to Steven M. Sanders in this and the preceding paragraph for suggesting a different reading of Kant, which prompted greater precision on my part.
6. "Integrity in Woody Allen's Manhattan," in Woody Allen and Philosophy, ed. Mark T. Conard and Aeon J. Skoble (Chicago: Open Court, 2004), 24-32
7. Robertson, The Fugitive Recaptured, 98.
8. Plato, Republic, trans. by G. M. A. Grube (Indianapolis: Hackett, 1974), 592b.
9. Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, trans. by T. Irwin (Indianapolis: Hackett,
10. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, Question 91, in St. Thomas Aquinas on Politics and Ethics, trans. by Paul E. Sigmund (New York: Norton, 1988), 46-47.
11. Plato, Republic, 443d.
12. I explore this analysis of integrity in greater detail in "Integrity in Woody Allen's Manhattan," 25-28.
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