Superman and philosophy : what would the Man of Steel do? /

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Imprint:Malden, MA : John Wiley, 2013.
Description:vii, 248 pages ; 23 cm.
Series:The Blackwell philosophy and popCulture series
Blackwell philosophy and popculture series.
Subject:Superman -- (Fictitious character)
Superman (Fictitious character)
Philosophy in literature.
Comic books, strips, etc. -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Comic books, strips, etc. -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Philosophy in literature.
Format: Print Book
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Other authors / contributors:White, Mark D., 1971-
ISBN:9781118018095 (pbk. : alk. paper)
1118018095 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9781118541692 (epdf)
9781118589045 (epub)
9781118541753 (emobi)
9781118541821 (wol)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction: It's a Bird, It's a Plane... It's Philosophy!
  • 7. Is Superman an American Icon?
  • Part 3. The Will to Superpower: Nietzsche, the Übermensch, and Existentialism
  • 8. Rediscovering Nietzsche's Übermensch in Superman as a Heroic Ideal
  • 9. Superman or Last Man: The Ethics of Superpower
  • 10. Superman: From Anti-Christ to Christ-Type
  • 11. Superman Must Be Destroyed! Lex Luthor as Existentialist Anti-Hero
  • Part 4. The Ultimate Hero: What Do We Expect from Superman?
  • 12. Superman's Revelation: The Problem of Violence in Kingdom Come
  • 13. A World Without a Clark Kent?
  • 14. The Weight of the World: How Much Is Superman Morally Responsible For?
  • Part 1. The Big Blue Boy Scout: Ethics, Judgment, and Reason
  • Part 5. Superman and Humanity: A Match Made on Krypton?
  • 15. Superman and Man: What a Kryptonian Can Teach Us About Humanity
  • 16. Can the Man of Steel Feel Our Pain? Sympathy and Superman
  • 17. World's Finest Philosophers: Superman and Batman on Human Nature
  • Part 6. Of Superman and Superminds: Who Is Superman, Anyway?
  • 18. "It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's... Clark Kent?" Superman and the Problem of Identity
  • 19. Superman Family Resemblance
  • 20. Why Superman Should Not Be Able to Read Minds
  • Contributors: Trapped in the Philosophy Zone
  • Index: From Brainiac's Files
  • 1. Moral Judgment: The Power That Makes Superman Human
  • 2. Action Comics! Superman and Practical Reason
  • 3. Can the Man of Tomorrow Be the Journalist of Today?
  • 4. Could Superman Have Joined the Third Reich? The Importance and Shortcomings of Moral Upbringing
  • Part 2. Truth, Justice, and the American Way: What Do They Mean?
  • 5. Clark Kent Is Superman! The Ethics of Secrecy
  • 6. Superman and Justice