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The Dark Knight of The Soul; Intriguing and Interesting
The themes in this book revolve around different beliefs of philosophy, the main points of each theme being virtue and justice. In the chapter where it asks if Batman should kill the Joker, two different sects believe the same thing, just in a different light. 'The deontologists, the ends never justify the means, but rather the means should be justifiable on their own merits. So the fact that the killing would prevent future killings is irrelevant?the only relevant factor is that killing is wrong, period." Even though the death of the Joker at the hands of Batman would be a great thing for the safety of the future, Batman may not want to do this because murder qualifies as a sin, even the somewhat justifiable murder of a menace like the Joker. The other half of that argument states that Batman may be a Utilitarian. "Utilitarianism is a system of ethics that requires us to maximize the total happiness or well-being resulting from our actions." The saving of many lives through the death of the Joker would rationalize the murder of the Joker. Obviously Batman is probably not Utilitarian because then the comics would stop and many people would be sad.
For die-hard comic fans, this is a great choice for a novel. At points it gets a little redundant and may seem like the authors are restating the same things over and over in the book and you just want to say like, "Look I get it, enough, lets move on." I would not qualify this book as an "easy read" but it definitely lets you get into the brain of Batman and see what he may be thinking in those tough situations, and the philosophy is pretty easy to comprehend. If you are young I would not recommend this book because it isn't the most exciting book ever written, it is more meant to be a learning and spiritual novel.
Overall I would give this book three out of five stars. It was what I expected in the fact that it is helpful in the understanding of Batman but not in the aspect of having you on the edge of your seat. So if you're as big of a Batman fan as I am I would definitely find the time to read this book!
posted by SMac127 on March 15, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 10, 2012
This actually looks to be an intresting read, but lets all face facts batman is not a good subject for philosophy. See for me the high point that stuck out was fear. Fear is a powerful yet deadly weapon. And batmans battles were always personal. Yeah there were some awesome fights in the movies but from ras al ghul to the joker it was always personal. Let me give you batmans biggest most helpful philosophy for free. You are your own greatest enemy. Once you can conquer yourself, you've won one of your greatest battles. There's probably more great philosophies in batman, but save the money. Think it out yourself.
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