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White, Mark D., ed. Superman and Philosophy: What Would the Man of Steel Do? Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013. 
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Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1118018095
BibTeX citation key: White2013
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Keywords: "Superman", Collection of essays, Philosophy, Superhero, USA
Creators: White
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (Chichester)
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He has thrilled millions for 75 years, with a legacy that transcends national, cultural, and generational borders, but is there more to the Man of Steel than just your average mythic superhero in a cape? The 20 chapters in this book present a fascinating exploration of some of the deeper philosophical questions raised by Superman, the Last Son of Krypton and the newest hero in the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture arsenal.

Table of Contents

Introduction: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane … It’s Philosophy! (1)

Part One: The Big Blue Boy Scout: Ethics, Judgment, and Reason (3)
1. Mark D. White: Moral Judgment: The Power That Makes Superman Human (5)
2. Brian Feltham: Action Comics! Superman and Practical Reason (16)
3. Jason Southworth and Ruth Tallman: Can the Man of Tomorrow Be the Journalist of Today? (26)
4. Robert Sharp: Could Superman Have Joined the Third Reich? The Importance and Shortcomings of Moral Upbringing (37)

Part Two: Truth, Justice, and the American Way: What Do They Mean? (47)
5. Daniel P. Malloy: Clark Kent Is Superman! The Ethics of Secrecy (49)
6. Christopher Robichaud: Superman and Justice (61)
7. Andrew Terjesen: Is Superman an American Icon? (71)

Part Three: The Will to Superpower: Nietzsche, the Übermensch, and Existentialism (83)
8. Arno Bogaerts: Rediscovering Nietzsche’s Übermensch in Superman as a Heroic Ideal (85)
9. David Gadon: Superman or Last Man: The Ethics of Superpower (101)
10. Adam Barkman: Superman: From Anti-Christ to Christ-Type (111)
11. Sarah K. Donovan and Nicholas Richardson: Superman Must Be Destroyed! Lex Luthor as Existentialist Anti-Hero (121)

Part Four: The Ultimate Hero: What Do We Expect from Superman? (131)
12. David Hatfield: Superman’s Revelation: The Problem of Violence in Kingdom Come (133)
13. Randall M. Jensen: A World Without a Clark Kent? (145)
14. Audrey L. Anton: The Weight of the World: How Much Is Superman Morally Responsible For? (157)

Part Five: Superman and Humanity: A Match Made on Krypton? (169)
15. Leonard Finkelman: Superman and Man: What a Kryptonian Can Teach Us About Humanity (171)
16. Andrew Terjesen: Can the Man of Steel Feel Our Pain? Sympathy and Superman (181)
17. Carsten Fogh Nielsen: World’s Finest Philosophers: Superman and Batman on Human Nature (194)

Part Six: Of Superman and Superminds: Who Is Superman, Anyway? (205)
18. Nicolas Michaud: “It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s … Clark Kent?” Superman and the Problem of Identity (207)
19. Dennis Knepp: Superman Family Resemblance (217)
20. Mahesh Ananth: Why Superman Should Not Be Able to Read Minds (225)

Contributors: Trapped in the Philosophy Zone (237)
Index: From Brainiac’s Files (243)

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