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Richards, Bradley. "Asterios Polyp as Philosophy: Master of two worlds." The Palgrave Handbook of Popular Culture as Philosophy 2023. Accessed 11Jan. 2024. <https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-97134-6_101-1>. 
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Resource type: Web Article
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-97134-6_101-1
BibTeX citation key: Richards2023
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Keywords: "Asterios Polyp", Mazzucchelli. David, Philosophy, USA
Creators: Engels, Johnson, Kowalski, Lay, Richards
Publisher: Springer (Cham)
Collection: The Palgrave Handbook of Popular Culture as Philosophy
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Abstract
The graphic novel Asterios Polyp uses the story of Asterios, a laughable "paper architect," who has never produced a building, to tackle the challenging topics of the abstract and the concrete, the universal and the particular. Asterios goes on a journey conforming with the Hero's Journey or Monomyth, but he arrives not at the rarified or transcendent, but the humble and concrete. Plato saw the sensible world of particulars as populated by imperfect imitations, and imitative art (like graphic novels) as even further removed from truth, Asterios Polyp cleverly uses pictures, their colors, lines, and other properties to illustrate its claims and vindicate and celebrate the particular, though not at the expense of the universal. We learn with Asterios that to live a good life and find peace in the world, we must integrate the abstract and the concrete, the universal and particular.
  
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