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Supervillains and Philosophy
     

Supervillains and Philosophy

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by Ben Dyer (Editor)
 

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The devil gets his due in the latest entry in the Pop Culture and Philosophy series. Supervillains and Philosophy features an international cabal of philosophers and comics industry professionals conspiring to reveal the dark details — and deeper meanings — lurking behind today’s most popular comic book monsters. Whether it’s

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The devil gets his due in the latest entry in the Pop Culture and Philosophy series. Supervillains and Philosophy features an international cabal of philosophers and comics industry professionals conspiring to reveal the dark details — and deeper meanings — lurking behind today’s most popular comic book monsters. Whether it’s their moral justification for world domination or the wavering boundaries they share with the modern anti-hero, everyone's favorite villains generate as much attention as their heroic counterparts. The 20 essays in this accessible book explore the nature of supervillainy, examine the boundaries of good and evil, offer helpful advice to prospective supervillains, and untangle diabolical puzzles of identity and consciousness. All the legends are here, from Dr. Doom and the Spectre to the Joker and the Watchmen, reconsidered through the lens of classic and modern philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812696691
Publisher:
Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Popular Culture and Philosophy
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,360,769
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Supervillains and Philosophy 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
CyR00k More than 1 year ago
If you are a serious Philosopher this is a bit low brow. However, that being said if you are a Professor and need a book that introduces many of the topics that are covered in Introductory courses, I would recommend this as a option. It is well written and researched and presents many of the central expository figures in the series of footnotes to Plato. It is written in a way that students will find enjoyable and relevant, in fact this can be said for the majority of books in the Pop Culture and Philosophy library. If you are not an academic and would like to just look at the philosophical underpinnings of your favorite villains this is a fun read that is also educational. This is a great introduction to the world of philosophy and the ideas of some of the great thinkers of the past.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not really what i was expecting considering all the other books that have been released concerning comic book characters and philosophy. This book is made stupid by some writers making up stupidly named villians like "henchman feta" and " big cheese" instead of already created known and well loved supervillians. Id skip this one if i were you.