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Screenosophy: What ethical theories are reflected in “The Big Short”

The Big Short tells the story of the tension between our moral views and our typical thinking about capitalism; its characters live out the messiness that results from this tension. Ethical egoism buts up against Kantian duty-based ethics and Utilitarian hedonism, while Smith’s theory of capitalism anticipates or incorporates elements of each — and there is much more to be explored on these and other philosophical fronts.