Batman and Philosophy: The Dark Knight of the Soul 1st Edition
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But it was how that pathology manifested itself in dealing with others that fascinated. The man comes across as cold and as calculating as the villains he battles. In fact, he is one step away from crossing the line and it is that danger that provides the core narrative for The Dark Knight. As explored in one of the entries in this book, "without his hate, could the Batman exist?" The answer is 'no' and though revenge is his fuel, he is seen to be mostly morally good (early stories had him killing people but the writers quickly corrected that).
This book was a fun outing but should be consumed by serious fans of Batman only. They, more than most, may excuse the repetition I found in the various essays. Still Batman is intriguing for almost anyone as all of us can identify with his tenuous position as we strive to be good but our human foibles cause thoughts and sometimes actions which are clearly not. In the end, it is Batman's constancy of purpose that we admire and his inventiveness in getting the job done.
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The thing that attracted me to this book was, discussion style format. All of us who are comic book fans love to discuss out favorite stories, characters (their directions, development and decisions), and who would win in a fight between them. I admit my reason for being able to quote Aristotle at my next comic book argument, or point out that well learned and scholars in their field are also comic book/Batman fans.
The book is not a light read and I actually got more then I was expecting for it, on a Goodreads note I was glad to have my 100 book as heavier read. One of the issues that is brought up is Batman being a fictional character, should he be revered, or looked at as an example? Questions like should he kill the Joker fit in with arguments to an for capital punishments in the real world. Also you cannot have a debate about batman without the shadow of death, and the continuing debate of death itself credit to the author and contributors for giving both sides of every argument.
The only reason I did not give this book 5 stars is there are a couple of sections in the middle that were for hardcore linguists or philosophers which I felt went slightly off topic and were over analyzed for my tastes. This could be a personal prejudice on my part as I hate linguistics, but that is me. However this is a great book that use the fiction characters to highlight issues and theories that are in the real world. I personally though the second last chapter using the relationship of Batman and Nightwing to reconcile the debate of Aristotle and Immanuel Kant, was inspired and definitely holds true in the real world.
Comparing the two, House was slightly better, but since they were both outstanding pieces of work, I can honestly say you should buy them both.
This one gives you fascinating insights to questions like "Why doesn't Batman just kill the Joker", and reasons out why this should or shouldn't be.
I loved it. Buy it now! :)
This book covers a lot and offers some interesting incite into the relationship between the batman and the joker which is worth the read by itself.
If you are a batman fan give it a go, it is really interesting.
of course this is collection of different philosphy proffessors work using batman to high light there material
whilst most do a fine job and seem to know there stuff
One or two only tangently refer to the subject or stick in a reference at the begin and the end of the artical to keep the editors happy.one, the could batman be the joker chapter is the literary equivalent of a massive stroke. I didnt have a clue what he was going on about or why it was even included in the book and in the end didnt care to take the time to understand the artical it was so bad and confusing.
Aside from the clunkers this is a very good
i even have the watchmen version
the book contains concepts i found incredilbly hard to comprehend (as a biologist)by training)its not as friendly to the
lay person it likes to belive
It is however fascinating if you persevere.