Batman and Philosophy: The Dark Knight of the Soul (Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture #9)
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 ...more
Batman has become one of the best characters in comi ...more
This book has more to offer to comic book readers than philosophy aficionados.
Notes: Not at all captivating, it uses Batman to illustrate philosophical concepts rather than philosophy to illustrate Batman.
The book Batman and Philosophy: The Dark Knight of the Soul is about the psychological trials that Batman has to face while protecting Gotham City, as well as maintaining his morals and diving into the mind of the Dark Knight. In this book a group of philosophers and psychologists wrote about how they think Batman's mind works. They go over topics such as, is it ok to make a robin, should Batman just kill the Joker, and other important topics.
One of the most important topics that is discussed i...more
The editor, Mark D. White, allowed the contributors to cover much of the same ground. Perhaps if they knew what the others were writing it could have a little more originality. Some contributors seem to know almost nothing about Batman, preferring to talk philosophy then adding "just like Batman" at the end. Rather than a book of the philosophy of the Batman myth, this book largely covers basic philosophical concepts then painfully tries to apply it to whatever the contributor kn ...more
Deciphering the Batman motives and principles of living and how he has formed his world and system of thought through the years of his living thr ...more
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 ...more
1) Why doesn't Batman just kill the Joker?
2) Can we hold the Joker accountable for his actions?
3) Is Batman better than Superman?
4) Can anyone be Batman?
5) Alfred the loyal servant.
6) Batman and Taoism.
Batman is the spoonful of sugar I needed to get through some very thought provoking and, after all, interesting topics.
For an aspiring writer, this book is a good example to be looked ...more
This book is gold. Just further feeds my obsession of learning the virtues of the caped crusader.