Superheroes and Philosophy Truth, Justice, and the Socratic Way

ISBN-10: 0812695739

ISBN-13: 9780812695731

Edition: 2005

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The comic book superheroes - Superman, Batman, the Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four, X-Men, and many others - have proved to be a powerful and enduring thread in popular culture, a rich source of ideas for moviemakers, novelists, and philosophers. Superheroes and Philosophy brings together 16 leading philosophers and some of the most creative people in the world of comics, from storywriters to editors to critics, to examine the deeper issues that resonate from the hyperbolic narratives and superhuman actions of this heroic world. The comic book narratives of superheroes wrestle with profound and disturbing issues in original ways: the definitions of good and evil, the limits of violence as an efficacious means, the perils of enforcing justice outside the law, the metaphysics of personal identity, and the definition of humanity. The book also features original artwork specially commissioned from some of the most popular of today's comic book artists.
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/20/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

The Image of the Superhero
The Real Truth about Superman: And the Rest of Us, Too
Heroes and Superheroes
The Crimson Viper versus the Maniacal Morphing Meme
Superhero Revisionism in Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns
The Existential World of the Superhero
God, the Devil, and Matt Murdock
The Power and the Glory
Myth, Morality, and the Women of the X-Men
Barbara Gordon and Moral Perfectionism
Batman and Friends: Aristotle and The Dark Knight's Inner Circle
The Fantastic Four as a Family: The Strongest Bond of All
Comic-Book Wisdom
Superheroes and Moral Duty
Why Are Superheroes Good? Comics and the Ring of Gyges
Why Should Superheroes Be Good? Spider-Man, the X-Men, and Kierkegaard's Double Danger
With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: On the Moral Duties of the Super-Powerful and Super-Heroic
Why Be a Superhero? Why Be Moral?
Superman and Kingdom Come: The Surprise of Philosophical Theology
Identity and Superhero Metaphysics
Questions of Identity: Is the Hulk the Same Person as Bruce Banner?
Identity Crisis: Time Travel and Metaphysics in the DC Multiverse
What's Behind the Mask? The Secret of Secret Identities
Wow! It Could Be the Greatest Gathering of Minds in Comic-Book History! Hold on to Your Hats and Get Ready for the Bios of Your Life!
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