Batman, Superman, and philosophy : badass or boyscout? /

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Imprint:Chicago : Open Court, [2016]
Description:1 online resource (x, 289 pages) : illustration.
Series:Popular culture and philosophy ; volume 100
Popular culture and philosophy ; v. 100.
Subject:Batman -- (Fictitious character)
Superman -- (Fictitious character)
Batman -- (Fictitious character)
Superman -- (Fictitious character)
Superman -- Fiktive Gestalt
Batman -- Fiktive Gestalt
Superhero films -- History and criticism.
Motion pictures -- Philosophy.
Comic books, strips, etc -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Superheroes in literature -- Philosophy.
Comic books, strips, etc. -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Motion pictures -- Philosophy.
Superhero films.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Format: E-Resource Book
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Other authors / contributors:Michaud, Nicolas, editor.
Digital file characteristics:data file
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-277) and index.
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Summary:"Batman or Superman? Which of these heroic figures is morally superior? Which is more dramatically effective? Which is more democratic? Which shows us the better way to fight crime? In Batman, Superman, and Philosophy, 26 philosophers evaluate Superman vs. Batman in order to decide which of them "wins" by various criteria. Since both Batman, the megalomaniacal industrialist, and Superman, the darling of the media, sometimes operate outside the law, which of them makes the better vigilante - and how do they compare with Robin Hood, the anonymous donor, the Ninja, and the KKK? Which of them comes out better in terms of evolutionary biology? Which of the heroes works more effectively to resist oppression? Which one is better for the environment? Which of these two makes a better model and inspiring myth to define our culture and society? Is Batman or Superman the more admirable person? Who conforms more closely to Nietzsche's Übermensch? Who makes the better god? Who is more self-sacrificing? Whose explicit code of morality is superior? Which superhero gives us more satisfying dramatic conflict? And why does a battle between the two make such a compelling drama?"--
Other form:Print version: Batman, Superman, and philosophy. Chicago : Open Court, [2016] 9780812699180
Table of Contents:
  • It's about damn time
  • Pre-fight warm-up : battle of the billennium. Where have all the supermen gone? / A.G. Holdier
  • Round one : decision
  • Superman! The son shines bright. Sure we're criminals / Daniel Malloy
  • Darwin in Metropolis / Ben Springett
  • A cape and a code / Scott Farrell
  • How heroes argue / Tim LaBauve
  • Round two : decision
  • Batman! More human than a superman. The god we need now / Christopher Ketcham
  • How Batman cowed a god / Patrick J. Reider
  • Saints and superheroes / Daniel Malloy
  • Masks, hearts, and superheroes / Marvie Lee Dupree and Mirela Fuš
  • Gods are overrated / Nicolas Michaud
  • Round three : decision
  • Superman! The best man for tomorrow. Of bats and supermen / Ben Springett
  • Vigilante wanted / Christopher Ketcham
  • Time to close / Nathaniel Goldberg and Chris Gavaler
  • Who watches the Justice League? / Jacob Thomas May
  • Infinite environmental crisis / Craig Van Pelt
  • You made me first / Nicolas Michaud
  • Round four : decision
  • Batman! It's always darkest before the knight. Batman's mask in Aristotle's drama / Ray Bossert
  • Superman the super dick / Noah Levin
  • Overpower versus empowerment / Sébastien Hock-Koon
  • What it takes / Trip McCrossin
  • Batman is Superman / Suzie Gibson
  • Post-fight analysis : superhero truthers speak out! Unmasking the world and its heroes / Matthew Tabizon and Erik Jackiw
  • I fight crime in my sleep / Mary Green and Ronald S. Green
  • The fifty-third card / Jack Napier.