Superheroes: The Best of Philosophy and Pop Culture

Superheroes: The Best of Philosophy and Pop Culture

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by William Irwin
     
 

Explore the philosophical depths of Batman, Superman, Captain America, and your other favorite superheroes—FOR FREE!

Behind the cool costumes, special powers, and unflagging determination to fight evil you’ll find fascinating philosophical questions and concerns deep in the hearts and minds of your favorite comic book heroes.

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Explore the philosophical depths of Batman, Superman, Captain America, and your other favorite superheroes—FOR FREE!

Behind the cool costumes, special powers, and unflagging determination to fight evil you’ll find fascinating philosophical questions and concerns deep in the hearts and minds of your favorite comic book heroes.

Why doesn't Batman just kill the Joker and end everyone's misery? Does Peter Parker have a good life? What can Iron Man teach us about the role of technology in society? Bringing together key chapters from books in the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series, this free superhero sampler engages the intellectual might of big thinkers like Aristotle and Kant to answer these questions and many others, giving you new insights on everything from whether Superman is truly an American icon to whether Wolverine is the same person when he loses his memory.

  • Features exclusive bonus content: all-new chapters on Captain America and Thor
  • Gives you a sneak peek at upcoming books: Avengers and Philosophy, Spider-Man and Philosophy, and Superman and Philosophy
  • Includes superheroes from both the DC and Marvel universes: the Avengers, Batman, Captain America, Green Lantern, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Superman, Thor, Watchmen, and the X-Men
  • Gives you a perfect introduction to the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series (learn more at www.andphilosophy.com) FOR FREE!

Whether you're looking for answers or looking for fun, this classic compilation will save the day by helping you gain a deeper appreciation of your favorite comics with an introduction to basic philosophical principles.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118153475
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/24/2011
Series:
Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series , #52
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
101,654
File size:
1 MB

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Superheroes: The Best of Philosophy and Pop Culture 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
storyjunkie More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty solid collection, with a nice range of topics, writing styles, and target superheroes. There were instances of groan-worthy punning, and attempts at lightness that fell flat. It's the same danger with any discussion about comic books - the medium's stereotype of humor getting in the way of the content actually being presented. My particular favorite essays were: William Irwin's introduction, which resonated with me as a long-time superhero-comics reader. Mark D. White's "Lord Odin Have Mercy: Justice and Punishment in Asgard" for looking at the morals behind the superhero trope of meting Justice. Jason Southworth's "The Blackest Night for Aristotle's Account of Emotions" for putting the rainbow-colored warfare of the comics into a comparative framework that's not all about who beats whom. Jacob M. Held's "Can We Steer This Rudderless World?: Kant, Rorschach, Retributivism, and Honor" for the frank discussion of Rorschach's worldview and why he fits so well, and so poorly, in the world of Watchmen - and potentially why he's still the fan-favorite. Daniel P. Malloy's "Forgivers Assemble" - particularly interesting in conjunction with discussions of the criminal justice system that have been in the news I read lately. A nice discussion about who is allowed to forgive, and when it's permissible to have ex-supervillains on your superheroes team. Neil Mussett's "Does Peter Parker Have a Good Life?" which talks about what makes a good life, the sacrifices of a superhero life, and Peter Parker's long-standing status as what fans refer to as "the woobie" (Mussett never uses the term, but I don't know how to short-hand it any better). the NOOK Book version has clunky navigation, having "Contents" links only to the larger sections (Part One, Part Two, etc), rather than each essay being treated as a chapter. In order to jump to a specific essay (rather than a specific bookmark), I need to navigate back to the table of contents, and use the links there. (review also posted at LibraryThing)
Tom_B More than 1 year ago
While the cover saya "free preview" it appears to be the whole book (145 pages). My son and found this a fun read and a great conversation starter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Your like or dislike of this book will depend on what you think it is before reading. If you think that you are getting a book on comics then you will be very disappointed in this book. What this book does is to use comic book characters and story-lines to introduce the reader to different Philosophical points of view. So if you are familiar to comic books and their story-lines and are interested in an intro to Philosophical arguments, then this is the book for you. The Philosophical studies within this book covers: Mercy and Justice coexisting, Modesty, Patriotism vs Cosmopolitanism, emotions, murder to stop murders, retributivism, forgiveness, what makes a good life, technology influences on us, & personal Identity. If these topics are something that you are interested in, then you will really want to read this book.
Felix94 More than 1 year ago
Not what i thought it would be when i downloaded. It's a sociology book with superheroes sprinkled in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are even remotely interested in both superheroes and philosophy, then read this book.
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Definitely puts big ideas into smaller digestible chunks. Great read. Peace @_^
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9toesjess More than 1 year ago
I was look for the Comic side of comics books but this book made me stop and think! Full of mind scratching facts with a funny point of view.
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I have never been a gigantic fan of philosophy but i am a fan of comic books and the characters that inhabit them. This book looks at certain philosophica questions and then connects them to superheroses such as batman green lantern etc. An interesting read. And its freel
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Mark Tucker More than 1 year ago
Just for kids
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