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Batman and Philosophy

The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series
The Dark Knight of the Soul
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Why doesn't Batman just kill the Joker and end everyone'smisery?
Can we hold the Joker morally responsible for his actions?

Is Batman better than Superman?

If everyone followed Batman's example,

would Gotham be a better place?

What is the Tao of the Bat?

Batman is one of the most complex characters ever to appear incomic books, graphic novels, and on the big screen. Whatphilosophical trials does this superhero confront in order to keepGotham safe? Combing through seventy years of comic books,television shows, and movies, Batman and Philosophy explores howthe Dark Knight grapples with ethical conundrums, moralresponsibility, his identity crisis, the moral weight he carries toavenge his murdered parents, and much more. How does this capedcrusader measure up against the teachings of Plato, Aristotle,Kant, Kierkegaard, and Lao Tzu?
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS : The Oscar Speech George Clooney Never Got to Make ix

Introduction: Riddle Me This . . . 1

PART ONE DOES THE DARK KNIGHT ALWAYS DO RIGHT?

1 Why Doesn't Batman Kill the Joker? 5

Mark D. White

2 Is It Right to Make a Robin? 17

James DiGiovanna

3 Batman's Virtuous Hatred 28

Stephen Kershnar

PART TWO LAW, JUSTICE, AN D THE SOCIAL ORDER: WHERE DOES BATMAN FIT IN?

4 No Man's Land: Social Order in Gotham City and New Orleans 41

Brett Chandler Patterson

5 Governing Gotham 55

Tony Spanakos

6 The Joker's Wild: Can We Hold the Clown Prince Morally Responsible? 70

Christopher Robichaud

PART THREE ORIGINS AND ETHICS: BECOMING THE CAPED CRUSADER

7 Batman's Promise 85

Randall M. Jensen

8 Should Bruce Wayne Have Become Batman? 101

Mahesh Ananth and Ben Dixon

9 What Would Batman Do? Bruce Wayne as Moral Exemplar 114

Ryan Indy Rhodes and David Kyle Johnson

PART FOUR WHO IS THE BATMAN? (IS THAT A TRICK QUESTION?)

10 Under the Mask: How Any Person Can Become Batman 129

Sarah K. Donovan and Nicholas P. Richardson

11 Could Batman Have Been the Joker? 142

Sam Cowling and Chris Ragg

12 Batman's Identity Crisis and Wittgenstein's Family Resemblance 156

Jason Southworth

13 What Is It Like to Be a Batman? 167

Ron Novy

PART FIVE BEING THE BAT: INSIGHTS FROM EXISTENTIALISM AND TAOISM

14 Alfred, the Dark Knight of Faith: Batman and Kierkegaard 183

Christopher M. Drohan

15 Dark Nights and the Call of Conscience 198

Jason J. Howard

16 Batman's Confrontation with Death, Angst, and Freedom 212

David M. Hart

PART SIX FRIEND, FATHER, . . . RIVAL? TH E MANY ROLES OF THE BAT

17 Why Batman Is Better Than Superman 227

Galen Foresman

18 World's Finest . . . Friends? Batman,Superman, and the Nature of Friendship 239

Daniel P. Malloy

19 Leaving the Shadow of the Bat: Aristotle, Kant, and Dick Grayson on Moral Education 254

Carsten Fogh Nielsen

20 The Tao of the Bat 267

Bat-Tzu

CONTRIBUTORS : The Clown Princes (and Princess) of Casuistry and Categorical Imperatives 279

INDEX : From the Secret Files of Oracle, Master Indexer to the DCU 285

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Autor: William Irwin
ISBN-13 :: 9780470532775
ISBN: 0470532777
Verlag: John Wiley & Sons
Seiten: 304
Sprache: Englisch
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