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Iron Man and Philosophy: Facing the Stark Reality (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series Book 18) Kindle Edition

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From the Back Cover

  • 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 755 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (22 Feb. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003AU7DWU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #730,121 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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
By Thorne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining read 19 July 2012
By Southernillini92 - 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.
3.0 out of 5 stars Half excellent and half not so much... 14 May 2016
By Geek Media Consulting - Published on Amazon.com
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Book Review For: "Iron Man and Philosophy: Facing the Stark Reality (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series Book 18)" by Mark D. White


Usually with short stories by different authors compiled by an editor are hit and miss good and...well...not so good. And it seems that the philosophy types of books follow suit.

There are eighteen chapters in Iron Man and Philosophy and I found eight of them rather dry; mostly in part three. I mention this specifically because I noticed that I'm not the only reviewer who feels this way.

One example is the chapter where it talks about who owns Tony's suit; him or his company? I was wondering why this was in a philosophy book. Shouldn't it be in a business book instead?

While some of the chapters where "dry", others were quite the opposite. Below are a few quotes from a couple chapters to spark your interest:


"Believe it or not, it may soon be possible, through advances in cutting-edge science and technology, to replicate something similar to Tony’s creation, which gives Iron Man a certain degree of “realism.” But should we? Is that a path we should explore? Or is it a road we dare not take? Addressing these questions will require deep thinking about superheroes, nanotechnology, and some pretty serious philosophy."

Coincidentally, I read an online article a few days after reading this chapter that the military is not only doing this, but they showed a prototype of the suit.


"So, if we want to blame Iron Man for the death of Captain America, we would have to show that Tony did something wrong and that it directly led to Cap’s death. As we saw, many think Tony was wrong in taking charge of registration, but it’s difficult to see how that directly contributed to Cap’s assassination, other than putting him in the wrong place at the wrong time."

This chapter will explain the latest movie that came out from Marvel: Captain America Civil War.


"Interestingly, Jocasta became “Jarvis” in the 2008 movie Iron Man. As comics fans know, however, Edwin Jarvis was Stark’s and later the Avengers ’ loyal butler—and very much human, not a machine.2 More to the point, Jocasta was represented as female, while Jarvis—in both forms—was male. Could it be that twenty-first-century audiences still long for traditional, stereotypical roles for the masculine hero? Are audiences more comfortable with a male-voiced computer helping Stark build his armor because people would not believe that a woman—even an artificially intelligent one—could really help build such a mechanically sophisticated and complex piece of machinery?"

This chapter touched on how comics changed through the feminism movement. I only wished it focused more on one character instead of talking about other historical events. Short pieces must be laser focused.

So, should you buy this book? I would say for the half that it good, you would still get your money's worth.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and fun! 17 Mar. 2013
By Cynthia Dumarin - Published on Amazon.com
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Having just come away from watching the Iron Man and Avengers movies, I couldn't resist this book. Who wouldn't want to look at the philosophy of Tony Stark?

The book was a series of essays written by a diverse group of people, examining different philosophical points, debating about Tony Stark's character and motivations and drawing from different perspectives ranging from Plato and Aristotle all the way to Jean Paul Sartre. Surprisingly, although this was a fun read, it was also thought provoking as well.

I highly recommend this book. It was a very entertaining read, and helped me to examine this intriguing character in ways I would never have done on my own.
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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