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Superman and Philosophy

Superman and Philosophy [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1118589041
Author: Mark D. White
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Superman and Philosophy by Mark D. White Book Resume:

Go beyond the cape and into the mind of the Man of Steel, intime for release of Zack Snyder's Man of Steel movie andSuperman's 75th anniversary He has thrilled millions for 75 years, with a legacy thattranscends national, cultural, and generational borders, but isthere more to the Man of Steel than just your average mythicsuperhero in a cape? The 20 chapters in this book present afascinating exploration of some of the deeper philosophicalquestions raised by Superman, the Last Son of Krypton and thenewest hero in the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culturearsenal.

Batman and Philosophy

Batman and Philosophy [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0470532807
Author: Mark D. White,Robert Arp
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Batman and Philosophy by Mark D. White,Robert Arp Book Resume:

Why doesn't Batman just kill the Joker and end everyone's misery? Can we hold the Joker morally responsible for his actions? Is Batman better than Superman? If everyone followed Batman's example, would Gotham be a better place? What is the Tao of the Bat? Batman is one of the most complex characters ever to appear in comic books, graphic novels, and on the big screen. What philosophical trials does this superhero confront in order to keep Gotham safe? Combing through seventy years of comic books, television shows, and movies, Batman and Philosophy explores how the Dark Knight grapples with ethical conundrums, moral responsibility, his identity crisis, the moral weight he carries to avenge his murdered parents, and much more. How does this caped crusader measure up against the teachings of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Kierkegaard, and Lao Tzu?

Man and Superman

Man and Superman [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 177545990X
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Publisher: The Floating Press
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Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw Book Resume:

Fans of thought-provoking drama will relish George Bernard Shaw's classic take on gender roles and relations, Man and Superman. Packed with plenty of big ideas, this engaging work helped rank Bernard Shaw among the most significant and influential dramatists of his era.

Superman and Philosophy

Superman and Philosophy [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1118589041
Author: Mark D. White
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Superman and Philosophy by Mark D. White Book Resume:

Go beyond the cape and into the mind of the Man of Steel, intime for release of Zack Snyder's Man of Steel movie andSuperman's 75th anniversary He has thrilled millions for 75 years, with a legacy thattranscends national, cultural, and generational borders, but isthere more to the Man of Steel than just your average mythicsuperhero in a cape? The 20 chapters in this book present afascinating exploration of some of the deeper philosophicalquestions raised by Superman, the Last Son of Krypton and thenewest hero in the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culturearsenal.

Superheroes and Philosophy

Superheroes and Philosophy [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0812696964
Author: Tom Morris,Matt Morris
Publisher: Open Court
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Superheroes and Philosophy by Tom Morris,Matt Morris Book Resume:

The comic book naratives of superheroes wrestle with profound and disturbing issues in original ways: the definitions of good and evil, the limits of violence as an effective means, the perils of enforcing justice outside the law, the metaphysics of personal identity, and the definition of humanity. Superheroes and Philosophy tackles these and other philosophical questions in an intellectual yet engaging way suitable for any comic book fan.

Batman, Superman, and Philosophy

Batman, Superman, and Philosophy [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 081269922X
Author: Nicolas Michaud
Publisher: Open Court
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Batman, Superman, and Philosophy by Nicolas Michaud Book Resume:

Batman or Superman? Which of these heroic figures is morally superior? Which is more dramatically effective? Which is more democratic? Which shows us the better way to fight crime? Who is a morally better person? Whose actions lead to the better outcomes? Superman vs. Batman and Philosophy tries to decide “for” and “against” these two superheroes by comparing their contrasting approaches to a wide range of issues. Twenty-six philosophers evaluate Superman vs. Batman in order to decide which of them “wins” by various different criteria. Some of the writers say that Superman wins, others say Batman, and others give the result as a tie. Since both Batman, the megalomaniacal industrialist, and Superman, the darling of the media, sometimes operate outside the law, which of them makes the better vigilante—and how do they compare with Robin Hood, the anonymous donor, the Ninja, and the KKK? Which of them comes out better in terms of evolutionary biology? Which of the heroes works more effectively to resist oppression? Does Superman or Batman function better as a force for embodied intelligence? Who does more to really uphold the law? Which one is better for the environment? Which of these two supernormal guys makes a better model and inspiring myth to define our culture and our society? Is Batman or Superman the more admirable person? Who conforms more closely to Nietzsche’s Übermensch? Which one makes the more rational choices? Who makes the better god? Who is more self-sacrificing in pursuit of other people’s welfare? Who goes beyond the call of duty? Which one does better at defining himself by resolving his internal conflicts? Whose explicit code of morality is superior? Which superhero gives us more satisfying dramatic conflict? (And why does a battle between the two make such a compelling drama?) Which of our two candidates comes closer to Christ? Which has the sounder psychological health? Whose overall consequences are better for the world? Which one more perfectly exemplifies C.S. Lewis’s concept of chivalry? What’s the deeper reason Batman is so successful in videogames whereas Superman isn’t? What are the advantages and disadvantages of having the two extraordinary heroes work together? Is either superhero logically or metaphysically possible? How can each of them be diagnosed as psychotic? How do they compare in masking their real identity? Whose motives are more worthy? Which one is more self-aware? Superman vs. Batman and Philosophy comes out at the same time as the movie Batman v Superman. The book cannot discuss what goes on in the movie, yet it also can’t avoid doing so, since by sheer probability, many of the controversial issues between the two superheroes will be the same in both. The book will therefore naturally fit in with the numerous raging controversies that the movie unleashes.

Watchmen and Philosophy

Watchmen and Philosophy [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9780470730300
Author: William Irwin,Mark D. White
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Watchmen and Philosophy by William Irwin,Mark D. White Book Resume:

Alan Moore's Watchmen is set in 1985 and chronicles the alternative history of the United States where the US edges dangerously closer to nuclear war with the Soviet Union. Within this world exists a group of crime busters, who don elaborate costumes to conceal their identity and fight crime, and an intricate plot to kill and discredit these "superheroes." Alan Moore's Watchmen popularized the graphic novel format, has been named one of Time magazine's top 100 novels, and is now being made into a highly anticipated movie adaptation. This latest book in the popular Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series peers into Moore's deeply philosophical work to parse and deconstruct the ethical issues raised by Watchmen's costumed adventurers, their actions, and their world. From nuclear destruction to utopia, from governmental authority to human morality and social responsibility, it answers questions fans have had for years about Watchmen's ethical quandaries, themes, and characters.

Supervillains and Philosophy

Supervillains and Philosophy [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0812697804
Author: Ben Dyer
Publisher: Open Court
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Supervillains and Philosophy by Ben Dyer Book Resume:

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.

Iron Man and Philosophy

Iron Man and Philosophy [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 047058310X
Author: Mark D. White
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Iron Man and Philosophy by Mark D. White Book Resume:

The first look at the philosophy behind the Iron Man comics and movies, timed for the release of Iron Man 2 in March 2010 On the surface, Iron Man appears to be a straightforward superhero, another rich guy fighting crime with fancy gadgets. But beneath the shiny armor and flashy technology lies Tony Stark, brilliant inventor and eccentric playboy, struggling to balance his desires, addictions, and relationships with his duties as the Armored Avenger. Iron Man and Philosophy explores the many philosophical issues that emerge from the essential conflicts found in the decades of Iron Man stories in comics and movies. What kind of moral compass does Tony Stark have? Is Iron Man responsible for the death of Captain America after the Marvel Universe “Civil War”? Should people like Stark run the world? How does Tony’s alcoholism impact his performance as Iron Man, and what does it say about moral character? Ultimately, what can Iron Man teach us about the role of technology in society? As absorbing as Iron Man comic books and movies, Iron Man and Philosophy: Gives you a new perspective on Iron Man characters, story lines, and themes Shows what philosophical heavy hitters such as Aristotle, Locke, and Heidegger can teach us about Tony Stark/Iron Man Considers issues such as addiction, personal responsibility, the use of technology, and the role of government Whether you've been reading the comic books for years or have gotten into Iron Man through the movies, Iron Man and Philosophy is a must-have companion for every fan.

Man and Superman: A Comedy and a Philosophy

Man and Superman: A Comedy and a Philosophy [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 8184305753
Author: Bernard Shaw
Publisher: Prabhat Prakashan
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Man and Superman: A Comedy and a Philosophy by Bernard Shaw Book Resume:

A satirical comedy by the renowned playwright George Bernard Shaw, 'Man and Superman: A Comedy and a Philosophy' was written in the year 1903. It is an unique play written by Shaw first time on Don Juan theme.

Superman Is Jewish?

Superman Is Jewish? [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1416598456
Author: Harry Brod
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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Superman Is Jewish? by Harry Brod Book Resume:

From a brilliant and witty comic book aficionado, this “scholarly but lively narrative” (Kirkus Reviews) reveals the links between Jews and the iconic superheroes of Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Stan Lee, and Jack Kirby. Many of us know that the superheroes at the heart of the American comic book industry were created by Jews. But you’d be surprised to learn how much these beloved characters were shaped by the cultural and religious traditions of their makers. Superman Is Jewish? follows the “people of the book” as they become the people of the comic book. With great wit and compelling arguments, Harry Brod situates superheroes within the course of Jewish-American history: they are aliens in a foreign land, like Superman; figures plagued by guilt for abandoning their families, like Spider-Man; and outsiders persecuted for being different, like the X-Men. Brod blends humor and sharp observation as he considers the overt and discreet Jewish characteristics of these well-known figures and explores how their creators integrated their Jewish identities and their creativity. Captivating, poignant, and packed with historical insights, this guided tour travels from the Passover Haggadah’s exciting action scenes of Moses’s superpowers through the Yiddish humor of Mad magazine to two Pulitzer Prizes awarded in one decade to Jewish comic book guys Art Spiegelman and Michael Chabon. “A witty, insightful exposé” (Publisher’s Weekly), Superman Is Jewish? is an endlessly fascinating American saga about an immigrant group that used comic books to see itself in new, empowering—and laughable—ways. You don’t even have to be Jewish to get a kick out of it.

Music for the Superman

Music for the Superman [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1476627118
Author: David Huckvale
Publisher: McFarland
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Music for the Superman by David Huckvale Book Resume:

 Friedrich Nietzsche regarded himself as the most musical philosopher—he played the piano, wrote his own compositions and espoused a philosophy encouraging all to dance for joy. Central to his life and his ideas were the music and personality of Richard Wagner, whom he both loved and loathed at different times of his life. Nietzsche had considerable influence on composers, many of whom employed Wagnerian sonorities to set his words and respond to his ideas. This book explores Nietzsche’s relationship with Wagner, the influence of his writings on the music of Strauss, Mahler, Delius, Scriabin, Busoni and others, his place in Thomas Mann’s critique of German Romantic music in the novel Doctor Faustus and his impact on 20th-century popular music.

The Avengers and Philosophy

The Avengers and Philosophy [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1118236459
Author: Mark D. White
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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The Avengers and Philosophy by Mark D. White Book Resume:

An engaging look at the philosophical underpinnings of Earth's Mightiest Heroes 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.

Supergods

Supergods [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0679603468
Author: Grant Morrison
Publisher: Random House
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Supergods by Grant Morrison Book Resume:

NATIONAL BESTSELLER What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Iron Man, and the X-Men—the list of names as familiar as our own. They are on our movie and television screens, in our videogames and in our dreams. But what are they trying to tell us? For Grant Morrison, one of the most acclaimed writers in the world of comics, these heroes are powerful archetypes who reflect and predict the course of human existence: Through them we tell the story of ourselves. In this exhilarating work of a lifetime, Morrison draws on art, archetypes, and his own astonishing journeys through this shadow universe to provide the first true history of our great modern myth: the superhero. Now with a new Afterword.

I Am Dynamite!

I Am Dynamite! [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1524760846
Author: Sue Prideaux
Publisher: Tim Duggan Books
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I Am Dynamite! by Sue Prideaux Book Resume:

NEW YORK TIMES Editors’ Choice • THE TIMES BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR • WINNER OF THE HAWTHORNDEN PRIZE A groundbreaking new biography of philosophy’s greatest iconoclast Friedrich Nietzsche is one of the most enigmatic figures in philosophy, and his concepts—the Übermensch, the will to power, slave morality—have fundamentally reshaped our understanding of the human condition. But what do most people really know of Nietzsche—beyond the mustache, the scowl, and the lingering association with nihilism and fascism? Where do we place a thinker who was equally beloved by Albert Camus, Ayn Rand, Martin Buber, and Adolf Hitler? Nietzsche wrote that all philosophy is autobiographical, and in this vividly compelling, myth-shattering biography, Sue Prideaux brings readers into the world of this brilliant, eccentric, and deeply troubled man, illuminating the events and people that shaped his life and work. From his placid, devoutly Christian upbringing—overshadowed by the mysterious death of his father—through his teaching career, lonely philosophizing on high mountains, and heart-breaking descent into madness, Prideaux documents Nietzsche’s intellectual and emotional life with a novelist’s insight and sensitivity. She also produces unforgettable portraits of the people who were most important to him, including Richard and Cosima Wagner, Lou Salomé, the femme fatale who broke his heart; and his sister Elizabeth, a rabid German nationalist and anti-Semite who manipulated his texts and turned the Nietzsche archive into a destination for Nazi ideologues. I Am Dynamite! is the essential biography for anyone seeking to understand history's most misunderstood philosopher.

Wonder Woman and Philosophy

Wonder Woman and Philosophy [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 111928077X
Author: Jacob M. Held
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Wonder Woman and Philosophy by Jacob M. Held Book Resume:

Wonder Woman and Philosophy: The Amazonian Mystique explores a wide range of philosophical questions surrounding the most popular female superhero of all time, from her creation as feminist propaganda during World War II up to the first female lead in the blockbuster DC movie-franchise. The first book dedicated to the philosophical questions raised by the complex and enduringly iconic super-heroine Fighting fascism with feminism since 1941, considers the power of Wonder Woman as an exploration of gender identity and also that of the human condition – what limits us and what we can overcome Confronts the ambiguities of Wonder Woman, from her roles as a feminist cause and fully empowered woman, to her objectification as sexual fantasy Topics explored include origin stories and identity, propaganda and art, altruism and the ethics of care, Amazonians as transhumanists, eroticism and graphic novels, the crafting of a heroine, domination, relationships, the ethics of killing and torture, and many more.

Was Superman a Spy?

Was Superman a Spy? [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1101046562
Author: Brian Cronin
Publisher: Penguin
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Was Superman a Spy? by Brian Cronin Book Resume:

Fascinating and often bizarre true stories behind more than 130 urban legends about comic book culture. Was Superman a Spy? demystifies all of the interesting stories, unbelievable anecdotes, wacky rumors, and persistent myths that have piled up like priceless back issues in the seventy-plus years of the comic book industry, including: • Elvis Presley's trademark hairstyle was based on a comic book character (True) • Stan Lee featured a gay character in one of Marvel's 1960s war comics (False) • Wolverine of the X-Men was originally meant to be an actual wolverine! (True) • What would have been DC's first black superhero was changed at the last moment to a white hero (True) • A Dutch inventor was blocked from getting a patent on a process because it had been used previously in a Donald Duck comic book (True) With many more legends resolved, Was Superman a Spy? is a must-have for the legions of comic book fans and all seekers of “truth, justice, and the American way.”

House and Philosophy

House and Philosophy [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9780470730218
Author: Henry Jacoby
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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House and Philosophy by Henry Jacoby Book Resume:

An unauthorized look at the philosophical issues raised by one of today's most popular television shows: House House is one of the top three television dramas on the air, pulling in more than 19 million viewers for each episode. This latest book in the popular Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series takes a deeper look at the characters and issues raised in this Emmy Award-winning medical drama, offering entertaining answers to the fascinating ethical questions viewers have about Dr. Gregory House and his medical team. Henry Jacoby (Goldsboro, NC) teaches philosophy at East Carolina University. He has published articles primarily on the philosophy of mind and was a contributor to South Park and Philosophy (978-1-4051-6160-2).

Batman and Ethics

Batman and Ethics [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1119038030
Author: Mark D. White
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Batman and Ethics by Mark D. White Book Resume:

Batman has been one of the world’s most beloved superheroes since his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Clad in his dark cowl and cape, he has captured the imagination of millions with his single-minded mission to create a better world for the people of Gotham City by fighting crime, making use of expert detective skills, high-tech crime-fighting gadgets, and an extensive network of sidekicks and partners. But why has this self-made hero enjoyed such enduring popularity? And why are his choices so often the subject of intense debate among his fans and philosophers alike? Batman and Ethics goes behind the mask to shed new light on the complexities and contradictions of the Dark Knight’s moral code. From the logic behind his aversion to killing to the moral status of vigilantism and his use of torture in pursuit of justice (or perhaps revenge), Batman’s ethical precepts are compelling but often inconsistent and controversial. Philosopher and pop culture expert Mark D. White uses the tools of moral philosophy to track Batman’s most striking ethical dilemmas and decisions across his most prominent storylines from the early 1970s through the launch of the New 52, and suggests how understanding the mercurial moral character of the caped crusader might help us reconcile our own. A thought-provoking and entertaining journey through four decades of Batman’s struggles and triumphs in time for the franchise’s 80th anniversary, Batman and Ethics is a perfect gateway into the complex questions of moral philosophy through a focused character study of this most famous of fictional superheroes.

Sons of Anarchy and Philosophy

Sons of Anarchy and Philosophy [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1118641663
Author: George A. Dunn,Jason T. Eberl
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Sons of Anarchy and Philosophy by George A. Dunn,Jason T. Eberl Book Resume:

“Brains before bullets” – ancient andmodern wisdom for “mechanics and motorcycleenthusiasts” Essential reading for fans of the show, this book takes readersdeeper into the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, the Teller-Morrowfamily, and the ethics that surround their lives andactivities. Provides fascinating moral insights into Sons ofAnarchy, its key characters, plot lines and ideas Investigates compelling philosophical issues centering onloyalty, duty, the ethics of war, authority, religion and whetherthe ends justify the means Teaches complex philosophical ideas in a way that’saccessible to the general interest reader in order to inspire themto further reading of the great philosophers Authors use their deep knowledge of the show to illuminatethemes that are not always apparent even to die-hard fans