- File Size: 600 KB
- Print Length: 157 pages
- Publisher: Wiley (June 24, 2011)
- Publication Date: June 24, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005CDYQOQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,114 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
Superheroes: The Best of Philosophy and Pop Culture (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Superheroes may have super powers, but they fight super villains. And in those magnified conflicts we intuitively internalize the metaphor and apply it to our own struggles. That is the insight this book (for free) seeks to bring to our attention and clarify. Not the superhero battles, but the struggles to find meaning and purpose and even happiness, even as they battle to save the world.
I especially liked the connection of the particular superhero's moral and philosophical struggles with the particular philosopher who dealt with that question. Iron man with Descartes over the power and meaning of technology and Spider-Man with Thomas Aquinas and what does it mean to live a Good Life were two of my favorites.
Comic book readers have always been smarter than the critics of comic books have ever admitted (and smarter than the critics, too). This book and the series it is promoting understand that fact and give us comic lovers more of the meat of understanding we were perhaps looking for as boys and teens.
I own two of the books in this series (Matrix and House) and while not every article tickles my tummy I definitely enjoyed both books and this book, too.
Download now for Pete's sake. It's Free!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a really interesting take on the deeper meaning and messages contained in comics.Published 28 days ago by Alexia Polasky
This is a great book for comic book nerds and casual fans alike. Batman and Joker's relationship, wolverine's relationship with his immortality, and other comic topics are... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nyasha Green
Product arrived on time, in excellent condition. Very satisfied.Published 8 months ago by L. Harrison
This book is comical (pun intended). A good little read for those who are interested in philosophical inquiriesPublished 8 months ago by John
Great book to read to kill time on a long road trip or flight.Published 9 months ago by Matthew Lainson
Chapters are actually essays by individual authors. They all agree Batman and Captain America mentally healthy admirable individuals.Published 9 months ago by Easy Reader
I really like this book. It is my camping book. I have been reading it every camping trip this summer. I really like how the author used superheroes to explain philosophy. Read morePublished 10 months ago by SE
This was very interesting. I love comic books and rarely thought of them having deeper meanings instead of lessons at the conclusion. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Devon Richards
This book is a fascinating read, even thought it talks very little on the superheros...it is a very good analysis of modern philosophy dealt through a comic book perception.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer