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Batman and Philosophy: The Dark Knight of the Soul

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Interesting enough

To keep you reading even if your not a fan of philosophy. My favorite chapter is the first one where all the reasons why batman wont killer the joker are presented and examined

posted by 6408752 on April 28, 2012

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

The Dark Knight of The Soul; Intriguing and Interesting

The Dark Knight of the Soul captivates the mind in the philosophy behind many aspects of Batman's life. In each one of its interesting chapters, it provides theoretical answers to many theoretical questions that Batman fans have been posing for years. The authors discus...
The Dark Knight of the Soul captivates the mind in the philosophy behind many aspects of Batman's life. In each one of its interesting chapters, it provides theoretical answers to many theoretical questions that Batman fans have been posing for years. The authors discuss Batman's psyche in a succession of different situations. Some of the more captivating chapters discuss why Batman doesn't just kill the joker and end everyone's misery, and Is Batman better than Superman? It discusses if it is ethical to have a Robin and if Bruce Wayne should have become the Batman in the first place. Each chapter of the book diverges into its own little story so you can put the book down and pick it up again whenever you feel like reading some more. This helps you because you don't have to remember things from earlier in the book, and it makes the book seem smaller and easier to tackle.


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, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Quotes

    Batman begins: its not who i am underneath, but what i do that defines me. The dark knight: you either die a hero, or live, long enough to see yourself become the villian. Dkr: catwoman: you given them everything. batman: not everything, not yet

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    I punched abrick and im in so much pain

    Ooowww

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    To the people tht argunna spend 10$ on this

    Nerds! Yall are nerds! Money wasting nerrrrrrddddddssss!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Horni

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    I agree with two below

    Batman ROCKS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    UH DUH

    HELL YEA BATMAN IS WAY BETTER THAN SUPERMAN!!!!!!!!!

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