X-Men and Philosophy: Astonishing Insight and Uncanny Argument in the Mutant X-Verse [NOOK Book]

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Is mind reading an invasion of privacy?

What's wrong with genetic experimentation?

How many identities can one person have?

Are the X-Men advocates of civil rightsand social change?

Do mutants have "human" rights?

X-Men is one of the most popular comic-book franchises ever, captivating millions with its teeming X-Verse of genetic mutants who...

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Overview

Is mind reading an invasion of privacy?

What's wrong with genetic experimentation?

How many identities can one person have?

Are the X-Men advocates of civil rightsand social change?

Do mutants have "human" rights?

X-Men is one of the most popular comic-book franchises ever, captivating millions with its teeming X-Verse of genetic mutants who have been unleashing their unique special powers in the service of both good and evil since 1963. Focusing on identity and personal conflict as much as action and adventure, this bestselling series is full of complex characters and storylines that are deeply influenced by important philosophical questions. Through philosophical greats like Aristotle, Sartre, Camus, Levinas, and others, X-Men and Philosophy shows how this remarkable series speaks not only to generations of pop culture audiences, but to the very heart of the human condition.

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Marvel Comics' franchise of X-Men superheroes has been rocking the world since 1963, but this paperback is perhaps their closest brush yet with philosophical thinking. Actually, that's not quite true: The editors of this book offer case after persuasive case that members of the X-Men combine have been wrestling with ethics, identity, and other serious issues since their inception. This welcome addition to the ever-resilient Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series provides stimulating proof that great ideas are there for those who look.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470730362
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/18/2009
  • Series: Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series , #11
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 248,412
  • File size: 636 KB

Meet the Author

Rebecca Housel is a professor of pop culture, creative writing, and medical humanities at Rochester Institute of Technology and contributed to Monty Python and Philosophy.

J. JEREMY WISNEWSKI is an assistant professor of philosophy at Hartwick College and the editor of 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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments: Superheroic Thanks to X-tra Special Humans and Mutants Alike! xi

Introduction: You Are About to Embark on an X-perience with "the Strangest Heroes of All" 1

X1 Origins

The X-Factor in the Existential

1 The Lure of the Normal: Who Wouldn't Want to Be a Mutant? Patrick D. Hopkins 5

2 Amnesia, Personal Identity, and the Many Lives of Wolverine Jason Southworth 17

3 Is Suicide Always Immoral? Jean Grey, Immanuel Kant, and The Dark Phoenix Saga Mark D. White 27

4 X-istential X-Men: Jews, Supermen, and the Literature of Struggle Jesse Kavadlo 38

X2 Evolution

Consciousness, Conscience, and Cure

5 Mad Genetics: The Sinister Side of Biological Mastery Andrew Burnett 53

6 Layla Miller Knows Stuff: How a Butterfly Can Shoulder the World George A. Dunn 66

7 X-Women and X-istence Rebecca Housel 85

8 Mutant Rights, Torture, and X-perimentation Cynthia McWilliams 99

9 When You Know You're just a Comic Book Character: Deadpool Joseph J. Darowski 107

X3 United

Human Ethics and Mutant Morality in the X-Verse

10 Magneto, Mutation, and Morality Richard Davis 125

11 Professor X Wants You Christopher Robichaud 140

12 Dirty Hands and Dirty Minds: The Ethics of Mind Reading and Mindwriting Andrew Terjesen 153

13 The Mutant Cure or Social Change: Debating Disability Ramona Ilea 170

14 Mutants and the Metaphysics of Race Jeremy Pierce 183

X4 The Last Stand

War, Technology, Death, and Mutantkind

15 Mutant Phenomenology J. Jeremy Wisnewski 197

16 War and Peace, Power and Faith Katherine E. Kirby 209

17 High-Tech Mythology in X-Men George Teschner 223

Contributors: And Now, We'd Like to Introduce theX-Perts: Ladies and Gentlemen, the Amazing, Astonishing, Uncanny, Ultimate Authors from Xavier's School for Gifted Philosophers! 236

Index 241

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