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Publisher Description

Why doesn't Batman just kill the Joker and end everyone's misery? 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 in comic books, graphic novels, and on the big screen. What philosophical trials does this superhero confront in order to keep Gotham safe? Combing through 70 years of comic books, television shows, and movies, Batman and Philosophy explores how the Dark Knight grapples with ethical conundrums, moral responsibility, his identity crisis, the moral weight he carries to avenge his murdered parents, and much more. How does this caped crusader measure up against the teachings of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Kierkegaard, and Lao Tzu?

Mark D. White
hr min
December 23
Audible Studios

Customer Reviews

lavagod007 ,

Very well written!

Pay no attention to the apeman that reviewed this book with a classic caveman..huh? This is another great book from the philosophy and pop culture series. The book explores the in's and out's of the caped crusader calling him "the most complicated hero in comics". Why doesn't Batman just kill teh joker? These questions and many more are discussed. For those that may know nothing of philosophy, this book, or any of the pop culture and philosophy books are a must read. This book is an excellant way to introduce kids or beginning philosohpy students to an outside the box view on an interesting topic. I hate it when someone reviews a book without having read it. Hope this helps!

Ipod 84 ,

Def a must read

I have not listened to the audio book yet for this one but do own MANY of the philsophy and pop culture books and find them to be grossly engaging and thought provoking. Of all of the ones I have read so far this one is by far my favorite. I think I have learned more about philsophy from this book and the entire series then I have from the years of philsophy classes I took in college.

It is true that to make something understandable it needs to be put into a context that can act as an example.

Pelon Pelonete ,


Someone actually wrote a book dissecting the "philosophy" of a comic book? Talk about someone with a great deal of time on their hands! Exactly why would this c**p be worth anyone's time... or money?

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