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Iron Man and Philosophy: Facing the Stark Reality (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series) [Paperback]

Mark D. White , William Irwin
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19 Mar 2010 The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series (Book 14)
The first look at the philosophy behind the Iron Man comics and movies, timed for the release of Iron Man 2 in March 2010 On the surface, Iron Man appears to be a straightforward superhero, another rich guy fighting crime with fancy gadgets. But beneath the shiny armor and flashy technology lies Tony Stark, brilliant inventor and eccentric playboy, struggling to balance his desires, addictions, and relationships with his duties as the Armored Avenger. Iron Man and Philosophy explores the many philosophical issues that emerge from the essential conflicts found in the decades of Iron Man stories in comics and movies. What kind of moral compass does Tony Stark have? Is Iron Man responsible for the death of Captain America after the Marvel Universe “Civil War”? Should people like Stark run the world? How does Tony’s alcoholism impact his performance as Iron Man, and what does it say about moral character? Ultimately, what can Iron Man teach us about the role of technology in society? As absorbing as Iron Man comic books and movies, Iron Man and Philosophy : Gives you a new perspective on Iron Man characters, story lines, and themes Shows what philosophical heavy hitters such as Aristotle, Locke, and Heidegger can teach us about Tony Stark/Iron Man Considers issues such as addiction, personal responsibility, the use of technology, and the role of government Whether you′ve been reading the comic books for years or have gotten into Iron Man through the movies, Iron Man and Philosophy is a must–have companion for every fan.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (19 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470482184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470482186
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 15.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 679,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Can Iron Man′s armor actually think? Is Tony Stark′s intelligence the greatest source of Iron Man′s power? Can Iron Man be both a superhero and the corporate property of Stark Industries? Does the Iron Man technology point the way to a brighter future or a darkening horizon? Can Tony Stark be a genuine superhero and a hard–drinking womanizer? On the surface, Iron Man appears to be a straightforward superhero, another rich guy fighting crime with fancy gadgets. But beneath the shiny armor and flashy technology lies Tony Stark, brilliant inventor and eccentric playboy, struggling to balance his desires, addictions, and relationships with his duties as the Armored Avenger. Iron Man and Philosophy explores the many philosophical issues that emerge from the essential conflicts found in the decades of Iron Man stories in comics and movies. What kind of moral compass does Tony Stark have? Is Iron Man responsible for the death of Captain America after the Marvel Universe Civil War? Should people like Stark run the world? Ultimately, what can Iron Man teach us about the role of technology in society?

About the Author

Mark D. White is a professor in the Department of Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy at the College of Staten Island/CUNY. He coedited Batman and Philosophy and edited Watchmen and Philosophy . William Irwin is a professor of philosophy at King′s College in Wilkes–Barre, Pennsylvania. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Making the simple complex. 6 Feb 2013
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A comic book character come film star. I liked the early version of Ironman He seemed to be more vulnerable and not the super hero type.

In this book the author adds much more depth and explains more of where the main drivers of the IOronman and the technology he loves so much.

This isn't a five minute read. Its not a huge amount of pages but there is a lot to think about which goes well beyond comic book characters.

Well worth the money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars perfect conditions, late delivery 25 Dec 2011
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the book was as good as described, brand new and with very little shelf wearing. the only problem has been the delivery. it was estimated on december,9 but arrived 2 weeks late.. though it was christmas time so a little delay was to be expected.. all in all a very nice purchase..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Iron Man and Philosophy 30 Nov 2010
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This book is a thoughtful collection of essays analyzing the character of Tony Stark and the long line of Iron Man stories in both the comic books and the films. If you are interested in all things Iron Man, then this book will be an interesting and entertaining read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining read 19 July 2012
By Off2college2012 - Published on Amazon.com
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This is very entertaining to read, I never really read the comic series of iron man but i did get into the movie. This gives articles and excerpts from both the comic series and the movie and uses them to demonstrate different topics in philosophy. But what really made me purchase it is that it also puts some examples into reality situations such as the ethical decisions concerning engineering topics, like if something should be created or not, and if we are really better off with all the technology we have today. For anyone who is into engineering and might like a little dab of popular movie and comic series, i recommend getting this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 28 Mar 2011
By Andres Vazquez - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed the book. A very good read. On par with all the other Philosphy and pop culture book series.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting 15 Oct 2013
By Gabo - Published on Amazon.com
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Each essay here is written by a different author so the quality varies from the insightful to (occasionally) the moronic. The balance, nevertheless, is positive. The seriousness in which these people tackle the material is noteworthy.
4.0 out of 5 stars Blackwell Philosophy... 25 Jun 2013
By njante - Published on Amazon.com
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I've only watched movies and wasn't to familiar with comic books so sometimes I was a little bit confused about some parts. Generally essays are written quite well. It was second book from the Blackwell philosophy series, that I've read and I definitely will read more.
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