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Morris, Tom and Matt Morris, eds. Superheroes and Philosophy: Truth, justice, and the socratic way. Popular Culture and Philosophy. Chicago: Open Court, 2005. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 0812695739
BibTeX citation key: Morris2005c
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Categories: General
Keywords: Collection of essays, Philosophy, Superhero
Creators: Morris, Morris
Publisher: Open Court (Chicago)
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The comic book superheroes – Superman, Batman, the Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four, X-Men, and many others – have proved to be a powerful and enduring thread in popular culture, a rich source of ideas for moviemakers, novelists, and philosophers. Superheroes and Philosophy brings together 16 leading philosophers and some of the most creative people in the world of comics, from storywriters to editors to critics, to examine the deeper issues that resonate from the hyperbolic narratives and superhuman actions of this heroic world. The comic book narratives of superheroes wrestle with profound and disturbing issues in original ways: the definitions of good and evil, the limits of violence as an efficacious means, the perils of enforcing justice outside the law, the metaphysics of personal identity, and the definition of humanity. The book also features original artwork specially commissioned from some of the most popular of today’s comic book artists.

Table of Contents

Men in Bright Tights and Wild Fights, Often a Great Heights, and, of Course, Some Amazing Women, Too! (ix)

Part 1 The Image of the Superhero (1)
1. Mark Waid: The Real Truth about Superman: And the Rest of Us, Too (3)
2. Jeph Loeb and Tom Morris: Heroes and Superheroes (11)
3. Dennis O’Neil: The Crimson Viper versus the Maniacal Morphing Meme (21)
4. Aeon J. Skoble: Superhero Revisionism in Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns (29)

Part 2 The Existential World of the Superhero (43)
5. Tom Morris: God, the Devil, and Matt Murdock (45)
6. Charles Taliaferro and Craig Lindahl-Urben: The Power and the Glory (62)
7. Rebecca Housel: Myth, Morality, and the Women of the X-Men (75)
8. James B. South: Barbara Gordon and Moral Perfectionism (89)
9. Matt Morris: Batman and Friends: Aristotle and The Dark Knight’s Inner Circle (102)
10. Chris Ryall and Scott Tipton: The Fantastic Four as a Family: The Strongest Bond of All (118)
11. Michael Thau: Comic-Book Wisdom (130)

Part 3 Superheroes and Moral Duty (145)
12. Jeff Brenzel: Why Are Superheroes Good? Comics and the Ring of Gyges (147)
13. C. Stephen Evans: Why Should Superheroes Be Good? Spider-Man, the X-Men, and Kierkegaard’s Double Danger (161)
14. Christopher Robichaud: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: On the Moral Duties of the Super-Powerful and Super-Heroic (177)
15. C. Stephen Layman: Why Be a Superhero? Why Be Moral? (194)
16. Felix Tallon and Jerry Walls: Superman and Kingdom Come: The Surprise of Philosophical Theology (207)

Part 4 Identity and Superhero Metaphysics (221)
17. Kevin Kinghorn: Questions of Identity: Is the Hulk the Same Person as Bruce Banner? (223)
18. Richard Hanley: Identity Crisis: Time Travel and Metaphysics in the DC Multiverse (237)
19. Tom Morris: What’s Behind the Mask? The Secret of Secret Identities (250)

Wow! It Could Be the Greatest Gathering of Minds in Comic-Book History! Hold on to Your Hats and Get Ready for the Bios of Your Life! (267)
Index (275)
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