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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (13 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470270306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470270301
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“…an interesting focus on the battle between “viciousness and virtue”.”  Empire October 2008

From the Back Cover

Why doesn′t Batman just kill the Joker and end everyone′s misery?

Can we hold the Joker morally responsible for his actions?

Is Batman better than Superman?

If everyone followed Batman′s example, would Gotham be a better place?

What is the Tao of the Bat?

Batman is one of the most complex characters ever to appear in comic books, graphic novels, and on the big screen. What philosophical trials does this superhero confront in order to keep Gotham safe? Combing through seventy years of comic books, television shows, and movies, Batman and Philosophy explores how the Dark Knight grapples with ethical conundrums, moral responsibility, his identity crisis, the moral weight he carries to avenge his murdered parents, and much more. How does this caped crusader measure up against the teachings of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Kierkegaard, and Lao Tzu?


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Den on 18 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
It's hard to contain the emotion I have this book, I love philosophy and The Batman, putting the two together in a book, another passion of mine, reading, what a fantastic proposition!

The basic premise is to take the philosophical ideas from Plato to modern day and apply it the the whole Batman genre and it works a dream. Why does Batman not go ahead and kill the Joker, even though in his infancy the Batman had no qualms about going that extra step in smiting Gotham's criminal underbelly. Could Batman and Joker be one and the same? Who is in control, Batman or Bruce?

This is a book I have read many times now, it doesn't get boring, I keep my concentration and it makes me question the values we hold dear in life every time I read this wonderful piece of writing.

Both the philosophy and the Batman genre are well researched and the cherry on top, which you must promise to actually read, is why Batman is better than Superman. Now I know 'better' is a subjective term, just read the book, all will be explained and since mainly Batman fans, not Superman fans will read this anyway, I am preaching to the choir.

A must have addition to any Bat fans shelves, no prior knowledge of philosophy required and written in great style, not boring academic philosophy style.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. McMullan on 29 Sept. 2010
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I received this along with 'House and Philosophy' and found myself reading them both side-by-side.
Comparing the two, House was slightly better, but since they were both outstanding pieces of work, I can honestly say you should buy them both.

This one gives you fascinating insights to questions like "Why doesn't Batman just kill the Joker", and reasons out why this should or shouldn't be.

I loved it. Buy it now! :)
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By Check-one on 18 May 2014
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I really enjoyed reading this book on the train, I truly believe if more subjects were taught in this manner education would be the better for it.

This book covers a lot and offers some interesting incite into the relationship between the batman and the joker which is worth the read by itself.

If you are a batman fan give it a go, it is really interesting.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Mote on 30 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
Not bad: enjoyable to read and quite useful for beguiling Batman fans into reading Philosophy.

However, seems a rewrite of other " and Philosophy" works.

Bottom line: it's good, but not worth owning if you have a similar "Philosophy and...<something you would never really connect with Philosophy>" book.
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