Superheroes and Philosophy: Truth, Justice, and the Socratic Way
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Superheroes and Philosophy: Truth, Justice, and the Socratic Way

As every serious comic book reader can tell, superheroes aren't tackling just brutish villains; they're grappling with Big Questions.

In every adventure, Superman, Batman, the X-Men, and other extraordinarily empowered individuals are wrestling with problems of good and evil; ethical questions about violence in a good cause; the metaphysics of personal identity; and the perils of enforcing justice outside the law.

In this brain-tickling book, a host of hip thinkers and graphic arts savants discuss the philosophical implications of superhuman achievers.

Title:Superheroes and Philosophy: Truth, Justice, and the Socratic Way
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0812695739
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:300 pages

    Superheroes and Philosophy: Truth, Justice, and the Socratic Way Reviews

  • Jess Santana
    Aug 30, 2015

    No soy un lector de comics ni tampoco me considero un gran fan de los superhéroes, los que conozco son por cultura general que con el tiempo he aprendido a respetarlos y ver un poco mas allá de lo q...

  • K.M. Weiland
    Dec 18, 2014

    You had me from the word "superheroes." I was expecting Philosophy Lite - and that's what I got. But I was surprised by how interesting and thought-provoking the essays ended up being. Those about mor...

  • Alexis
    Jul 04, 2013

    This is a fantastic series. I'm not even personally into comics but I found the novelty of combining these subjects refreshing and entertaining. I'd definitely recommend this to younger readers for wh...

  • Bryce Wilson
    Jul 01, 2008

    A good book. While I've learned to like comics again superheroes are still kind of a mystery to me. Don't get me wrong I like a spot of Miller and Moore styler revisionism, or a bit of Bendis and Vaug...

  • JM
    Jun 06, 2014

    I actually was expecting it to be heavier on the philosophy part, so it was a bit of a surprise that it was very approachable regardless of whether you know a lot about comic books and/or about philos...

  • Tyson
    Dec 09, 2011

    Layman's philosphy told through comic book characters we all grew up with and love. Lots of hidden gems on what motivates them and humans in general. Great way to get your foot in the door in regards ...

  • Twyst
    Mar 13, 2011

    Enjoying this book so far. A lot about Superman. Cannot express how much I do not care about Superman, but interesting viewpoints. Pretty heavily American so far....

  • Chris
    Jul 03, 2009

    So there you are. You've been bitten by a radioactive, alien wolverine that's been cursed by a gypsy and struck by lightning and you have finally, after years and years of waiting, been blessed with s...

  • Josu Araya gmez
    Jan 07, 2017

    Bright analysis of the dept behind the everyday superheroes we see in comics and movies!...

  • Agus
    Feb 10, 2015

    Este libro me recuerda a la Civil War de Marvel. Podría haber sido mucho mas de lo que termino siendo. La idea de ver a los comics (la mitologia del siglo XX) bajo el lente de la filosofía es una bu...