Batman and Philosophy

Batman and Philosophy

The Dark Knight of the Soul

Book - 2008
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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?
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2008
ISBN: 9780470270301
Call Number: 741.5973 B3213
Characteristics: ix, 294 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Arp, Robert
White, Mark D. 1971-


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Apr 18, 2014

Another pseudo-philosophy book based upon a faulty premise - - so let's fully examine Bruce Wayne, the Batman. First, he's a banker, for gosh sakes! I mean, global economic meltdown, anyone? Just how many credit derivatives does the Wayne Bank push and peddle? OK, then there's his tax scam, the Wayne Foundation [the perfect vehicle for hiding his wealth, ownership - - concentrated corporate ownership of everything in Gotham City - - and again tax avoidance and evasion]! Of course, Bruce Wayne would have a young male ward, tell me that's not a red flag if there ever was one? A normal guy would have a young ward named Tiffany or Amber! Complex? Not really, just another greedy and perverted banker who likes to play dress-up! [And seriously, does the Joker own his own bank? Does the Penguin? Does any of his foes? And what does the Batman do in all his copious spare time, since he owns his own bank? Go after all those bank robbers, of course, who are just trying to accumulate their own money to open up their own banks; known in economics as primative accumulation.]

Dec 11, 2012

This book is marginally insightful for the true Dynamic Duo fans. Many of the chapters have cleverly warped the "true information" to suite the writers' purposes!
I am SO happy I choose Radiation Chemistry instead of philosophy as a line of work! At least that makes sense!
If you remember what a BS, MS and PhD stands for - this book is basically "bs" "more of the same" and "piled higher and dryer"
Ubalstecha has it right: this book is fit for the bathroom.

Apr 24, 2012

This was an awesome concept for a book. Use a subject I like, Batman, to teach me about somethings I do not, philosophy. Unfortunately Batman and Philosophy never quite measures up to the concept.

Some of the articles are engrosing, like Tao of the Bat. These are the ones that teach you, effortlessly tying the Batman history and mythology to philosophy.

Unfortunately not all the articles are that good. Some are just OK, but others are dense, dense, dense. These ones put you to sleep.

While some of the writers are clearly fans, all of them have clearly done their research, referencing things like Bluhaven in their writing and actual comics in their footnotes. The problem is that the references are very similar, like the same press package was sent out to all who agreed to contribute.

Still, this book was a good bathroom read and a must for the uber-Batman fan.


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