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Heroes and Philosophy: Buy the Book, Save the World (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series Book 14) Kindle Edition

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From the Back Cover

  • Would the emergence of "heroes" save society or break it?

  • Is it okay for the Company to lie, kidnap, and kill

  • to secretly protect the public?

  • Does Hiro really have a destiny? Do we?

  • Is time travel actually possible?

E very episode of Tim Kring's hit TV show Heroes presents a philosophical quandary. When ordinary individuals from around the world inexplicably develop superhuman abilities, they question who they are, struggle to cope with new responsibilities, and decide whether to use their new powers for good or for evil. This book analyzes some of the many questions and issues that make the series so compelling. With the help of some of history's heaviest-hitting philosophical "heroes" such as Plato and Nietzsche, you'll explore everything from the role that memory plays in personal identity to whether the rise of superpowers could break down society. Whether you're new to Heroes or have been a fan since the beginning, this book will take your enjoyment of the series to the next level.

About the Author

David Kyle Johnson is an assistant professor of philosophy at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He has contributed to several books in the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series, including Family Guy and Philosophy and The Office and Philosophy.

William Irwin is a professor of philosophy at King's College. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles, including Batman and Philosophy, House and Philosophy, and Watchmen and Philosophy.


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  • File Size: 2134 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 23, 2009)
  • Publication Date: July 23, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002JMV6UA
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I enjoyed Heroes and Philosophy immensely. I also actually enjoyed learning philosophy while reading, because I could now relate to the lessons through the use of the Heroes characters. Not all television shows have enough philosophical implications to create a book. Heroes, on the other hand, is probably at the top of the list. Some of the many questions discussed in Heroes and Philosophy are:

1. What are the obligations of heroes?
2. The foreknowledge of the painter, is our fate predetermined?
3. What are the ethics of time travel and changing the past or future?
4. What are the philosophical implications of the memory loss (the Haitian) and mind-reading (Parkman)?
5. Are the heroes good?

Throughout the book, events that took place and quotes that were spoken during Heroes are discussed. This is a must read book for any Heroes fan, the philosophy lessons are a great bonus.
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I've always pondered philosophy concerning Heroes and thought this book would be a good read. The shipping was fast (took 3 days) and I've only read the first chapter and I'm intrigued. I was surprised how much of the series it covered. So far it has mentioned up to Volume 4, and I was concerned that this book came out before then. So I am pleased that it was released around the peak of the show.
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