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ISBN 0-8126-9573-9



294 pages

(Spring 2005)

Superheroes and Philosophy

Truth, Justice, and the Socratic Way

Edited by Tom Morris and Matt Morris
Volume 13 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

"Great Caesar’s Ghost!! A team of Brainiacs! Superheroes and Philosophy is Kryptonite for those supervillains who diss the heroes as lightweights! Riddle me this, Batman: How are Gotham City and Metropolis like ancient Athens and modern Paris? Read this sensational book and find out!"

—J.L.A. Garcia, author of The Heart of Racism

"Finally—someone’s treating comic books with the gravity they deserve. If, as Socrates said, the unexamined life is not worth living, then make your life mean something by reading Superheroes and Philosophy."

—Kevin Smith, maker of films Clerks and Chasing Amy

"The life of the mind meets the life of the eye! The muscles, the luscious flesh, the dark yet vibrant colors, the sadness mixed with exaltation, the traumatized heroes—it’s all here, with a philosophical spark."

—David O’Connor, University of Notre Dame

"You’ll believe that a philosopher can fly!"

—Tim Chappell, author of The Inescapable Self

"A thorough examination of the messages and ideas that lie behind the colorful costumes and stylized insignias of contemporary comic-book superheroes."

—Tom Brevoort, Marvel Editor and comic-book know-it-all

"Unmasked! Superheroes in the ivory tower! Astonishing revelations!"

—Scott MacDonald, Cornell University

"With comic-book heroes now more popular than ever, Superheroes and Philosophy could not be more timely. Read this book and find out what philosophical puzzles lurk beneath the surface of the stories that continue to shape the imagination of large numbers of Americans."

—Thomas S. Hibbs, author of Virtue’s Splendor

"This is the best book on the superheroes ever written! Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, Daredevil, the Fantastic Four, everyone—all our deepest secrets are revealed! Wait. Somebody’s gonna pay for this! Maybe you!"

—The Maroon Avenger, somewhere on the East Coast

Tom Morris is the former Notre Dame philosophy professor whose classes became a campus legend, and whose nationwide speaking engagements have electrified the boardrooms of corporate America. His best-selling popular philosophy books include If Aristotle Ran General Motors and Philosophy for Dummies. Filmmaker and comics aficionado Matt Morris is a survivor of Harvard and UNC–Chapel Hill.

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