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Preview — Superheroes by William Irwin
Superheroes: The Best of Philosophy and Pop Culture (Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture)
Behind the cool costumes, special powers, and unflagging determination to fight evil you’ll find fascinating philosophical questions and concerns deep in the hearts and minds of your favorite comic book heroes.
Why doesn't Batman just kill the Joker and end ev...more
It didn't disappoint me either. I know how exhaustingly difficult it can be to wrap ones head around various philosophical ideas and theories, but William Irwin does an excellent job at keeping it on a level you understand. It's ...more
The truth, though, is that we are probably influenced more by both than we realize.
Maybe you don't call it philosophy when you debate the merits of what somebody in the news did, or simply say, "That's not right," but that's really what it is.
One of my literary heroes, Doc Savage, has had a great influence in making me a better person. Even though the Doc Savage oath wasn't part of the original stories, I've ...more
A few of these I'd already read in the previously mentioned books, but there were quite a few that I hadn't read. These essays touch o ...more
This book is most effective when it shows a comic book character, gives textual examples of that character's consistent ideology, and then surveys the philosophers who founded/explained that particular worldview for the very first time. In these kinds of sections, the comic book and philosophy explorations interweave seamlessly, creating good layers of thought. I would give these sections 4 stars.
Other sections of this book (and keep in mind that chapters were written by different authors), do ...more
P. 99: "Perhaps the most surprising emotion that one might advocate as the proper impetus for action is avaris."
Last sentence: "In the X-Verse we should be less dubious of Emma Frost working with the X-Men; the less catlike Beast should question whether, even if the secondary mutation were reversed, he would be the character they miss; and the next time Jean Grey comes back from the dead, we shou ...more
"Philosophers of old understood this and came up with their own memorable examples to illustrate their theories, from Plato’s (428–348 BCE) allegory of the cave to Descartes’ (1596–1650) evil deceiver and beyond. In this book, we continue that long traditi ...more
- Dissertation "Harmonizing Hermeneutics: The Normative and Descriptive Approaches, Interpretation and Criticism," Buffalo, 1996, 226 pp. Awarded the Perry Prize for Outstanding Dissertations in Philosophy.
- Ph.D. in philosophy, The State University of New York at Buffalo, June 1, 1996. Presidential Fell ...more