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Batman and Philosophy by Mark D. White
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Jul 07, 10

Read in July, 2010

I think this is one of the best introductory books on philosophy that I've ever read. Filled with many essays on different classical and modern philosophical subjects, it uses surprisingly well researched situations and stories form Batman movies, comics, and yes, even that TV show. The essays are written in a conversational, informal approach (with specific philosophical terms identified explicitly) by actual philosophers (whatever those are), and they seem to have done a surprising amount of research into the Batman Mythos. The thing I liked most about it was that Batman and Batman-stuff is really incidental to the point: this is a medicine-in-the-applesauce approach to introducing critical, philosophical thought to readers young and old. Very fun read.
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