Publisher Description

Explore the philosophical depths of Batman, Superman, Captain America, and your other favorite superheroes!
Behind the cool costumes, special powers, and unflagging determination to fight evil you’ll find fascinating philosophical questions and concerns deep in the hearts and minds of your favorite comic book heroes.

Why doesn't Batman just kill the Joker and end everyone's misery? Does Peter Parker have a good life? What can Iron Man teach us about the role of technology in society? Bringing together key chapters from books in the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series, this superhero sampler engages the intellectual might of big thinkers like Aristotle and Kant to answer these questions and many others, giving you new insights on everything from whether Superman is truly an American icon to whether Wolverine is the same person when he loses his memory.
Features exclusive bonus content: all-new chapters on Captain America and ThorGives you a sneak peek at upcoming books: Avengers and Philosophy, Spider-Man and Philosophy, and Superman and PhilosophyIncludes superheroes from both the DC and Marvel universes: the Avengers, Batman, Captain America, Green Lantern, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Superman, Thor, Watchmen, and the X-MenGives you a perfect introduction to the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series (learn more at!
Whether you're looking for answers or looking for fun, this classic compilation will save the day by helping you gain a deeper appreciation of your favorite comics with an introduction to basic philosophical principles.

June 24
John Wiley & Sons
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Princess Fuzzynuts ,

Comics can do more than entertain

I've never been a reader of comic books - I don't say that to distance myself from those who do but to put my thoughts into perspective - but I've always enjoyed the "escape" of watching them come to life on the silver screen. With that said, though, I believe this book does a good job in demonstrating the thought and the intelligence behind the creation and writing of these worlds/universes and their stories. Regardless of whether the protagonist wears a grey flannel suit or one made of bullet-proof alloy, insights into human nature are not confined to non-fiction or fiction that is dressed up to look like a mirror on reality. In fact, by employing fantasy, these authors have the ability to point out our foibles and weaknesses in ways that aren't always possible when trying to stay "true to life."

This book was well worth reading. It allowed me to reflect on human nature at a remove.

Lightstorm5 ,

Not interesting

I'm a kid, so I didn't find this interesting.
Maybe make a comic next time!

3kyn ,

Fun book

Fun book, good starter into philosophical concepts.

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