In The Virtues of Captain America, philosopher andlong-time comics fan Mark D. White argues that the core principles,compassion, and judgment exhibited by the 1940’s comic bookcharacter Captain America remain relevant to the modern world.Simply put, "Cap" embodies many of the classical virtues that havebeen important to us since the days of the ancient Greeks: honesty,courage, loyalty, perseverance, and, perhaps most importantly,honor. Full of entertaining examples from more than 50 years ofcomic books, White offers some serious philosophical discussions ofeveryone’s favorite patriot in a light-hearted and accessibleway.
Mark D. White is Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the College of Staten Island/CUNY and co-editor of Batman and Philosophy.
Avengers assemble! Tackling intriguing dilemmas and issues thatno single great philosopher can withstand, this powerful bookenlists the brainpower of an A-list team of history's mostprominent thinkers to explore the themes behind the action ofMarvel Comics' all-star superhero team.Arms you with new insights into the characters and themes ofThe AvengersDeepens your appreciation both of The Avengers comicsand the Joss Whedon movie adaptationAnswers the philosophical questions you've always had aboutEarth's Mightiest Heroes, including: Can a reformed criminal becomea superhero? Can an android love a human? If a hero beats his wife,is he still a hero?Helps you think differently about the members of the superheroteam—Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and the others
This thought-provoking book will help you understand this bandof superheroes better, whether you've followed the Avengers foryears or are a Joss Whedon fan just getting to know them.
He has thrilled millions for 75 years, with a legacy thattranscends national, cultural, and generational borders, but isthere more to the Man of Steel than just your average mythicsuperhero in a cape? The 20 chapters in this book present afascinating exploration of some of the deeper philosophicalquestions raised by Superman, the Last Son of Krypton and thenewest hero in the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culturearsenal.
Michael J. Sandel's "Justice" course is one of the most popular and influential at Harvard. Up to a thousand students pack the campus theater to hear Sandel relate the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of the day, and this fall, public television will air a series based on the course. Justice offers readers the same exhilarating journey that captivates Harvard students. This book is a searching, lyrical exploration of the meaning of justice, one that invites readers of all political persuasions to consider familiar controversies in fresh and illuminating ways. Affirmative action, same-sex marriage, physician-assisted suicide, abortion, national service, patriotism and dissent, the moral limits of markets—Sandel dramatizes the challenge of thinking through these con?icts, and shows how a surer grasp of philosophy can help us make sense of politics, morality, and our own convictions as well. Justice is lively, thought-provoking, and wise—an essential new addition to the small shelf of books that speak convincingly to the hard questions of our civic life.