Heroes and Philosophy: Buy the Book, Save the World

Heroes and Philosophy: Buy the Book, Save the World

by David K. Johnson
     
 

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The first unauthorized look at the philosophy behind Heroes, one of TV's most popular shows

When ordinary individuals from around the world inexplicably develop superhuman abilities, they question who they are, struggle to cope with new responsibilities, and decide whether to use their new power for good or for evil. Every episode of Tim Kring's hit

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The first unauthorized look at the philosophy behind Heroes, one of TV's most popular shows

When ordinary individuals from around the world inexplicably develop superhuman abilities, they question who they are, struggle to cope with new responsibilities, and decide whether to use their new power for good or for evil. Every episode of Tim Kring's hit TV show Heroes is a philosophical quandary. Heroes and Philosophy is the first book to analyze how philosophy makes this show so compelling. It lets you examine questions crucial to our existence as thinking, rational beings. Is the Company evil, or good? Does Hiro really have a destiny? Do we? Is it okay to lie in order to hide your powers or save the world? Heroes and Philosophy offers answers to these and other intriguing questions.

  • Brings the insight of history's philosophical heavyweights such as Plato and Nietzche to Heroes characters and settings
  • Adds a fun and fascinating dimension to your understanding of the show
  • Expands your thinking about Heroes as the series expands from graphic and text novels to action figures and a video game

Whether you're new to Heroes or have been a fan since day one, this book will take your enjoyment of the show to the next level.

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Editorial Reviews

With each new installment of his Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series, general editor William Irwin enacts a major miracle: He and the individual editors apply philosophical analysis to narratives that nonspecialists will understand. In this volume, fans of NBC's supernormal serial Heroes learn what that popular television show and its multifarious media spin-offs can teach us about philosophical ideas and issues. Citing thinkers from Plato to the present, the essay writers address questions ranging from situational ethics to concepts of government and leadership.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470373385
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/17/2009
Series:
Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series, #4
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
984,614
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

David Kyle Johnson is an assistant professor of philosophy at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He has contributed to several books in the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series, including Family Guy and Philosophy and The Office and Philosophy.

William Irwin is a professor of philosophy at King's College. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles, including Batman and Philosophy, House and Philosophy, and Watchmen and Philosophy.

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