The Avengers and Philosophy: Earth's Mightiest Thinkers [NOOK Book]

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An engaging look at the philosophical underpinnings of Earth's Mightiest Heroes—timed for the release of Joss Whedon's long-awaited film adaptation

Avengers, assemble! Tackling intriguing dilemmas and issues that no single great philosopher can withstand, this powerful book enlists the brainpower of an A-list team of history's most prominent thinkers to explore the themes behind the action of Marvel Comics' ...

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Overview

An engaging look at the philosophical underpinnings of Earth's Mightiest Heroes—timed for the release of Joss Whedon's long-awaited film adaptation

Avengers, assemble! Tackling intriguing dilemmas and issues that no single great philosopher can withstand, this powerful book enlists the brainpower of an A-list team of history's most prominent thinkers to explore the themes behind the action of Marvel Comics' all-star superhero team.

  • Arms you with new insights into the characters and themes of The Avengers
  • Deepens your appreciation both of The Avengers comics and the Joss Whedon movie adaptation
  • Answers the philosophical questions you've always had about Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including: Can a reformed criminal become a superhero? Can an android love a human? If a hero beats his wife, is he still a hero?
  • Helps you think differently about the members of the superhero team—Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and the others

This thought-provoking book will help you understand this band of superheroes better, whether you've followed the Avengers for years or are a Joss Whedon fan just getting to know them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118236451
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/13/2012
  • Series: Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series , #46
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 443,661
  • File size: 706 KB

Table of Contents

Introduction: Earth’s Mightiest Philosophers

Part One. What Would an Avenger Do?

1.”Superhuman Ethics Class with the Avengers Prime”
Mark D. White

2. “Shining the Light on the Dart Avengers”
Sarah Donovan and Nick Richardson

3. “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Family”
Jason Southworth and Ruth Tallman

Part Two. Who Is an Avenger?

4. “Superhero Identity: Case Studies in the Avengers”
Stephen Nelson 

5. “I am Made of Ink: She-Hulk and Metacomics”
Roy T. Cook

6. “The Self-Corruption of Norman Osborne: A Cautionary Tale”
Robert Powell

Part Three. Should the Avengers Do More Than Avenge?

7. “Forgivers Assemble!”
Daniel P. Malloy

8. “God, Beasts, and Political Animals: Why The Avengers Assemble”
Tony Spanakos

9. “Cap’s Kooky Quartet: Is Rehabilitation Possible?”
Andrew Terjesen

Part Four. Do the Avengers Ever Go Too Fat?

10. “Fighting the Good Fight: Military Ethics and the Kree-Skrull War”
Christopher Robichaud

11. “Secrets and Lies: Compromising the Avengers’ Values for the Good of the World”
Louis P. Melançon

12. “The Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Problem with Proactive Superheroics
Arno Bogaerts

Part Five. What Kind of World Do the Avengers Live In?

13. “Can Kang Kill His Past Self? The Paradox of Time Travel”
Andrew Zimmerman Jones

14. “No Other Gods Before Me’: God, Ontology, and Ethics in the Avengers’ Universe”
Adam Barkman

15. “Love Avengers Style: Can an Android Love a Human?”
Charles Klayman

16. “The Way of the Arrow: Hawkeye Meets the Taoist Masters”
Mark D. White

Appendix. Why Are There Four Volumes of Avengers?

Contributors. Avengers Academy

Index: From Jarvis Secret Files 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    To the author of avengers chapter 1~ bring it on

    Very good!!! I especially liked the part with clint ! Please keep writing !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Claire/Onyx/Guardians

    Cloud! Come back! We all miss you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Excellente!j

    ¿Caramba! The writer is El Carousel Del Estupido! I lov it. Her is a song. I like pieeee.....Cheese is Guuuuuud......Moofeens are th best.... i lovw srekkep! Poookkatt! Grothhherl! Erooamn! Bobaeqwer! Oopole! BIMBAP! KIMCHI! O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL! JINGLE BELLS JINGLE BELLS JINGLE ALL THE WAY! OH DREIDELDREIDLEDREIDEL I MADE YOU OUT OF CLAY! HOOPA! OPA GANGNAM STYLE! WAPPPA WAPPA WHUCH! ENGTAR! RUALET! POOO! Speertea!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Coconuts

    That was absolutely fantastic. Though you could have given Stark more of a sense of humor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Avengers~Chapter 1~Bring it On!~

    Anthony Stark stared at the Iron Man helmet in disbelief. Had Jarvis suddenly gotten humerous? Tony stood and picked up the helmet, examining it when the eyes suddenly glowed and a voice came from it. It sounded like Jarvis. "Stark, we know everything about you and the Avengers." It said. Tony blinked; the Avengers were becoming a popular target for supervillains, yet so far, nothing has been too difficult. "Hello? Who is this? Jarvis?" Tony asked the helmet. He suddenly felt a tad stupid for talking to his helmet, but it had spoken, and he knows it. "Yes sir?" Asked Jarvis. The two voices had a distinct difference, yet they sound so close together even Nick Fury would get confused. "Uh Jarvis run a scan of this helmet; I think someone's hacked into it." Tony said. Just then the helmet's eyes glowed again. "Dont bother; you will never find usssssss...." it said. Pepper Potts had been in the room for the last sentence, and she had paled slightly. "Pepper, I need a list of our enemies, stat. And you may want a drink of water." Said Tony as he gave Butterfingers, a robot he had built back as a teen, the 'talking' helmet. Pepper nodded and left, leaving Tony alone. Tony pulled out his Avengers card and looked at it. "Thor may have some idea who hacked-oh wait...he's off helping Asgard with 'Frost Giants.'" He mused. Pressing the button, he decided to call Hank Pym for help. Dr. Pym is also known as Ant Man, the growing and shrinking scientist. Hank's face appeared on the tiny card screen. "Tony! Hi, something wrong?" Hank asked. "Hey Pym, would you know who could hack into my armor? I just got a creepeh call on my helmet...the last sentence the helmet said was 'you will never find ussssss....' make any sense? Sounds slithery though." Tony told the scientist. Hank thought for a moment before saying, "Maybe the Red Skull is back, or A.I.M. has a new ally, or another alien." He suggested. Tony looked up as Pepper walked back into the room. "Ill consider those, thnx Pym." He said, sticking the Avenger card back into his pocket. "List of enemies you've made since Avengers started, right here." Said Pepper as she gave Tony a file. "Thnx Pepper." Said Tony, flipping through the files. Little did he know, that whoever called through his helmet was not of Earth, Skrull or just any 'alien,' it was Shniper.
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    "Lord Shniper, the messssssage hasssss been delivered." A green serpent-like creature reported to a 50ft tall snake with arms. "Good, now make sssssure he doessssnt warn anyone elssssse. I want only him, the Hulk and the Director of SSSSSH.I.E.L.D." said Shniper. The evil snake cackled. "Oncsssse they fall, Earth will be an eassssy take!"
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    Klint raised the bow and aimed for the heart of the virtual buck, waiting, waiting, then firing once he was sure of the shot. He hit the target, instantly killing the virtual animal. "Perfect as always, wouldnt you say so Banner?" He looked behind him and set the plastic orange bow down. "Banner? Yo Banner!" He called. Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk, had been standing right next to Klint before he had even raised the bow. It was Banner's one day off of the month without Hulk, and now the gamma scientist was missing; again. Klint ran outside to find the Hulk growling at a gigantic rattlesnake, about as tall as a bus! "Whoa..." Klint murmured, picking up his quiver. "Bring it On!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Avengers

    Chubby bunny hop hop

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    Just in time for the anxiously awaited

    Full of fun essays on the philosophy of the avengers as a singular entity as well as individual members of the team past and present including the dark avengers

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    Posted July 12, 2012

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