Superheroes and Philosophy: Truth, Justice, and the Socratic Way

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The comic book naratives of superheroes wrestle with profound and disturbing issues in original ways: the definitions of good and evil, the limits of violence as an effective means, the perils of enforcing justice outside the law, the metaphysics of personal identity, and the definition of humanity.
Superheroes and Philosophy tackles these and other philosophical questions in an intellectual yet engaging way suitable for any comic book fan.

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Overview

The comic book naratives of superheroes wrestle with profound and disturbing issues in original ways: the definitions of good and evil, the limits of violence as an effective means, the perils of enforcing justice outside the law, the metaphysics of personal identity, and the definition of humanity.
Superheroes and Philosophy tackles these and other philosophical questions in an intellectual yet engaging way suitable for any comic book fan.

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As every serious comic book reader can tell, superheroes aren't tackling just brutish villains; they're grappling with Big Questions. In every adventure, Superman, Batman, the X-Men, and other extraordinarily empowered individuals are wrestling with problems of good and evil; ethical questions about violence in a good cause; the metaphysics of personal identity; and the perils of enforcing justice outside the law. In this brain-tickling book, a host of hip thinkers and graphic arts savants discuss the philosophical implications of superhuman achievers.
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"Superman's costume always bugged me when I was a kid… So you need a secret identity – cool. But what’s the deal with all the rainbow-hued Spandex masks and costumes?... I found the answer to this great metaphysical dilemma in the book Superheroes and Philosophy, edited by Tom Morris and Matt Morris. In various essays, college philosophy professors and others ruminate on profound issues raised by the superhero lifestyle, such as how Batgirl reflects Nietzsche’s moral perfectionism." – Rick de Yampert, Daytona Beach News-Journal, December 15, 2006
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812695731
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/15/2005
  • Series: Popular Culture and Philosophy
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 497,313
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Great guide to understanding superheroes in the 21st century! A

    Great guide to understanding superheroes in the 21st century! A must for all fans of comic book movie franchises; there are expert contributors who have written actual comic book storylines for Superman, etc. Fun read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    First review

    Suckers i got the first review (: ha ha ha

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