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 extraordi

  • Title: Superheroes and Philosophy: Truth, Justice, and the Socratic Way
  • Author: Tom Morris William Irwin
  • ISBN: 9780812695731
  • Page: 139
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 peAs 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.

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    1. 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 que normalmente uno logra observar cuando se es joven y lo que encuentra en ellos es simple diversión y entretenimiento. Realmente no fueron muchos a los que seguía por TV o en historietas el único que recuerdo seguir fielmente todos los viernes era a The Punisher en mi adolescencia cuando se cons [...]

    2. There are a few essays in this collection that are fun to read, but as a collection as a whole, I have to rate it fairly low. My biggest problem with this book is that it is edited very loosely. The title of the book says that this is an examination of comics through the lens of philosophy. However, this collection includes essays on psychology, mythology, and religion in addition to philosophy. Also, the essays on philosophy focus strongly on ancient Greek philosophers, so they start to feel a [...]

    3. 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 morality, identity, and time travel were especially good. Plus what's not to like about basking a little in the history and lore of the superheroic (although the book has something to say about the term)?

    4. 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 whom classical philosophy is too boring or obtuse.

    5. 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 Vaughn kickass story telling. But the majority of continuity swamped, staid superhero books just leave me cold. Due to the trillions years of back story I find them kind of incomprehensible at best, and just straight up goofy at worse. Still this is a fun look at the potent myths and ideas that swarm un [...]

    6. 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 philosophy. Interesting read, for sure.

    7. 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 to philosphy and a nice new take and spin on all of our favorite heroes. Recommended.

    8. 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.

    9. Entretenido volumen que, de alguna manera, reivindica la afición que muchos "nerds" tienen por los cómics, al elevarlos al estatus de tema filosófico serio; y es que realmente, y quizá sin proponérselo de manera formal, con el paso del tiempo los guionistas de estas historietas se han propuesto temas cada vez más polémicos, dignos del análisis de las mejores mentes, como lo demuestra este libro. Especialmente destacados me parecieron los capítulos 2, "Héroes y Superhéroes", y 14, "Un [...]

    10. 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 super powers. You can do things no one else can do, and you can do them faster, stronger, better and in more spandex than you ever dreamed possible. Now there's only one thing to do: pick a name, put together a costume and go fight crime!But why?Ever stop and think about it? I mean, I know I would wa [...]

    11. I have never more wanted to learn about each and every philosopher chonicled and referenced herein than when I read this book. I did learn the difference between: Friends of Utility, Friends of Pleasure, and Complete Friends. And have found it useful in diagnosing my own circle of friends and life. This is such a great read, and that it couples up essays with ancient to turn of the century philosophy with Modern Super-Heroes, I was taken from the first page and saddened reading the last page.

    12. Compré el libro con mucho entusiasmo, debido a que me pareció interesante discutir la filosofía detrás de los superhéroes. El libro es un conjunto de "papers" donde la mayoría de los autores explica (con fundamentación teórica) pasajes particulares de revistas y películas (sí, es necesario ver las películas) de héroes occidentales (dejando a un lado a otras regiones en el mundo). Sólo el paper de Jeff Brenzel me pareció excelente, por el tratamiento amplio del tema.

    13. 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 buena premisa. Pero los autores se quedan en un análisis chato, facilitas. La portada es engañosa, tenemos un muy buen diseño de Marx con Mjonlir sin embargo el libro parece asustado de hacer cualquier tipo de análisis o juicio político. Es una lectura muy light del asunto. Se dedican varios cap [...]

    14. Considerations on the Relationship Between Philosophy and Pop CultureA solid anthology of essays Featuring some 21 different authors but not outstanding.For me some of the better essays came near the end with a solid but too short discussion of the multidimensionality of time travel and essays by Richard Hanley and the essays by Kevin Kinghorn. and Tom Morris on the nature of identity. James South's essay on "Barbara Gordon and Moral Perfectionism" was also a high point giving me a much deeper i [...]

    15. From the start, I loved the entire concept of this book. Comics are looked down on far too often from the pedestal of Literature (and I say this holding a literature degree) and it's refreshing to see them given serious insight and consideration through such a venerable lens as philosophy. Costumed heroes as explained by Kierkegaard, Aristotle, Plato and Kant? Yes, please. And for the most part, this book absolutely delivers. As others have commented, you go in expecting Philosophy Lite, but, as [...]

    16. This was an interesting read. I would have to argue that the main subject of this book is not necessarily superheroes, but instead philosophy with superheroes serving as illustrations.I especially liked the section dealing with morality. A number of deep philosophical questions were discussed. What is morality? What does it mean to be moral? Why should one be "good?" It all boils down to this: if we are just mere products of a number of random chemical or natural reactions, then there really is [...]

    17. This was a really, really good book. Some of the articles were just okay, perhaps a little philosophically dense for light reading material, especially the ones that have to do with morality and ethical theory (Kantian theory, Utilitarian, and other nonconsequential ethical theories), but this depth is precisely what makes the book worth reading. It lends depth and an element of mythos to the superhero genre that many people assume is absent. I particularly enjoyed the article on metaphysics and [...]

    18. This is a hefty piece of reading. Not for the person looking for light recapping of the Superhero comic genre; this is a intellectual and heavy, (maybe too heavy at times) series of essays about the big - I mean BIG - issues, that superhero comics sometimes tackle in the course of trying to defeat a supervillain out to destroy or conquer the world. If you are in the mood though, what you have here is a trip back to that college course in Philosophy you took once, only this time we're bringing Su [...]

    19. I am intrigued by Joss Whedon's Avenger movie and look into any writing on the philosophic bendings on superhero genres. Beside the visual dazzles, these different persona of superhero (and deities) reflect certain strands of human impulses and drives, and the way they pursue their destinies. Whedon's film tantalized me with its quick wit and irony, embedded in good visual imaginations. That is why I searched for a book to shed on some light on different creative drives (and popularity appeals) [...]

    20. I've always been of the opinion that there's more to comics than meets the eye, and I feel like this book proves me right. Well-written and thought-provoking, it delves into the lives and minds of some of the most famous (and some not-so-famous) comic-book superheroes, exploring their backgrounds, motives, state of mind, and morals from multiple angles, and ultimately asking and answering the question: What makes someone a hero? A fun read that puts an intellectual spin on a form of media common [...]

    21. This book looks at Superheroes as archetypes, and what roles they play in our collective consciousness as a culture. Superheroes are viewed as exaggerations of ourselves; mythical Gods that we aspire to be like. Morris shows that by understanding the psychology of Superheroes (archetypes), we better understand ourselves and our attempts to better ourselves. Although I am biased, his insight into the psyche of Superman was truly astounding. This is a fun and insightful read that leaves you feelin [...]

    22. Una obra que podría haber sido mucho más ambiciosa sin necesidad de renunciar a su espíritu divulgativo. A favor tiene que algunos pasajes son realmente interesantes, pero no suelen ocupar más de un tercio por capítulo. El libro peca en general de aplicar una aproximación filosófica demasiado especulativa y redundante. En este sentido, la mayoría de capítulos se recrean en una navegación sin rumbo por los rincones de los razonamientos y el propio discurso, en vez de dedicarse a respond [...]

    23. Enjoying both superheroes and philosophy, you would think I would find this sort of text to be the mental equivalent of chocolate and peanut butter. Alas, alack, and sundry cries of dismay, but it was not to be. As is the case in these sort of texts, at least those that I have perused, contributors often know the philosophy, or know the media, but they rarely know both. While this is by no means the worst volume of its type that I encountered, I also hesitate to unreservedly recommend it.

    24. This book was an insightful view into not only comic philosophy, but the philosophy of the world. I learned a lot while reading this book, and it was a very interesting read. It took me a while to get through because it was incredibly dense, but I'm glad I read it. Some of the essays were repetitive (especially the essays on why superheroes use their powers for good), but nonetheless it was an amazing book. I would recommend it to anyone who loves comics and wants an introduction to philosophy.

    25. It isn't the best in the Popular Culture and Philosophy series (I can't wait until the Lost version comes out in a few years!), but it is a nice examination of philosophical concepts using the wealth of superhero history from film and comics as exemplars. Much of it went over the head of my 7-year-old, who insisted we read it together at night. It is very thought-provoking and great fodder for conversation.

    26. Un libro interesante a nivel de divulgación, pero solo doy tres estrellas porque he visto mucha heterogeneidad en el nivel de los artículos y porque el de Los simpson y la filosofía me pareció más logrado. Reseña completa aquí: cuadernoderetales

    27. I checked this book out for my class on antiheroes but found some of the essays (particularly the one by Jeph Loeb and Tom Morris) tend to talk down to the students. The book isn't all like that, though, and the section "Superheroes and Moral Duty" was actually really interesting. I ended up teaching excerpts from several chapters rather than entire essays.

    28. Good as far as these things go. I'm giving four stars for entertainment value, but if you're even an armchair philosophy buff, many of these discussions will seem a bit stale, and some of them leave a lot to be desired.

    29. Es increíble como muestra que el objeto comic, como cualquier creación humana tiene una fuerte carga social y consecuentemente filosófica. Es una maravillosa forma de adentrarte a una forma crítica de leer cualquier literatura incluso la que crees de lo más básica

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