- Series: The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series
- Paperback: 284 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 29, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781119437949
- ISBN-13: 978-1119437949
- ASIN: 1119437946
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Doctor Strange and Philosophy: The Other Book of Forbidden Knowledge (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series) 1st Edition
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About the Author
Mark D. White is the chair of the Department of Philosophy at the College of Staten Island/CUNY, where he teaches courses in philosophy, economics, and law. He is editor or co-editor of eight books in the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series, including Batman and Philosophy (Wiley Blackwell, 2008, with Robert Arp), and is the author of The Virtues of Captain America (Wiley Blackwell, 2014). He has also written, edited, and co-edited a number of academic books in philosophy, economics, and law, and has authored over 60 articles and book chapters in these areas. He can be found on Twitter as @profmdwhite.
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The chapters are pretty short and easy to get through, though some of the earlier ones are a bit repetitive. Fortunately, there is more variety as the book progresses and more aspects are pulled from the comics and not just the movie. Nevertheless, I didn't find myself wanting to plow through this all at once. Instead, I read a little at a time, in between other stuff.
An aspect I like the most, however, is how it does provide a deeper look at the movie. Too often, movie reviews focus on whether it's exciting or not, or how the special effects look, and they don't want to discuss spoilers. Books like this can provide a deeper analysis of the thoughts being conveyed in a film (or in a comics series, for that matter) and draw on any part of the story, so you can read this not just as a primer on philosophical concepts but also as a thorough examination of the film. It's nice that it works on both of those levels.
The essays are short and well written, so it's easy to dip into my iPhone and spend 15 minutes exploring a topic. The language is pretentious, simple enough to understand, and often amusing.
A very pleasant way to use a few minutes that might otherwise be wasted.
Robert C. Ross
The book is well detailed, with references to specific issues and how they apply to the theory being applied by each contributor. This is not a kids book but anyone who has an interest in the character and the exploration of the topics will enjoy this. I have been reading it and sharing ideas that it has put foward with another friend and we are having a great time exploring the theories put forward in this book. I find it very interesting and would love to see more books that explore other characters like this one does.
Doctor Strange and Philosophy: The Other Book of Forbidden Knowledge is a really interesting and yes, even a bit fun to read. Very pleased with it.