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Batman and Philosophy by Mark D. White
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Built upon the premise of the popular comic book figure, Batman and Philosophy by Mark D. White is a thoughtful arrangement of essays that both entertains and informs its reader. The subjects of the essays range in variety from the elements found in the Batman mythology to their modern philosophical and societal undertones. While each essay is written by a different author, they are coherent in context to one another. Several essays were written in a formal and straightforward style, others incorporated wit, and others utilized scientific analysis to deconstruct the meanings behind the comic book hero. This added depth to the text and made the book read as unbiased.
While the chapters are specifically devoted to Batman, his villains, his alter-ego Bruce Wayne, and different types of philosophies, they are written in a simple and understandable manner that could be accessible to any reader despite one’s knowledge of the Batman universe and the philosophical topics mentioned in the text. The level of research utilized for the essays on Batman, his world, and the philosophical analyses is thorough and clearly developed. The level of organization and flow of the essays and how they were presented to the reader are also is also designed in a concise and fluid manner. Though some essay subjects are repetitive, the overall collection was able to keep one’s interest.
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