By Mark D. White
Why does not Batman simply kill the Joker and finish everyone's misery?
Can we carry the Joker morally chargeable for his actions?
Is Batman higher than Superman?
If all people Batman's example,
would Gotham be a greater place?
What is the Tao of the Bat?
Batman is without doubt one of the most complicated characters ever to seem in comedian books, photo novels, and at the tremendous monitor. What philosophical trials does this superhero confront that allows you to continue Gotham secure? Combing via seventy years of comedian books, tv exhibits, and films, Batman and Philosophy explores how the darkish Knight grapples with moral conundrums, ethical accountability, his identification main issue, the ethical weight he includes to avenge his murdered mom and dad, and masses extra. How does this caped crusader degree up opposed to the lessons of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Kierkegaard, and Lao Tzu?
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Indd 25 4/23/08 2:51:08 PM 26 J A M E S D I G I O VA N N A ethical perspective, what seems clear is, in the context of this issue, Batman is a lousy deontologist, a decent consequentialist, and, most assuredly, some kind of a virtue ethicist. And without being the world’s greatest detectives (or philosophers), we’ll have to leave it at that! NOTES 1. See Barbara Greenleaf ’s Children through the Ages: A History of Childhood (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1978). 2. See Kant’s Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals , translated by James W.
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