‘The Avengers and Philosophy: Earth’s Mightiest Thinkers’

AvengersRead all of the comics? Can’t wait until May 4 for the film? Looking for answers to questions such as “If a hero beats his wife, is he still a hero?” Or, “Can an android love a human?”

Then you’re in luck!

The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series released Avengers and Philosophy: Earth’s Mightiest Thinkers last month through John Wiley & Sons, Inc., in preparation for the sixth installment in the “Marvel Cinematic Universe (2008- ),” The Avengers.

The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series endeavors to dissect television shows, films, comic books, etc. and demonstrate their contemporary philosophical significance, helping readers to both think differently about and develop a greater appreciation for their favorite fictional characters.

Avengers and Philosophy is a collection of sixteen essays from some of today’s most accessible philosophers, offering unique insights into a wide range of issues, including: 

  • Military/Wartime Ethics in the Kree/Skrull War
  • The Ethical systems of Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America
  • The dynamic and conflicting personal identity of the superhero archetype
  • An exploration of metaphysics in regard to She-Hulk’s self-awareness
  • A discussion of whether or not criminal reformation is possible by utilizing the recruitment of criminals like the Scarlet Witch or Hawkeye into the ranks of the Avengers
Avengers and PhilosophyWhether you are a student of philosophy or a comic book enthusiast, the complex nature of Avengers and Philosophywill serve to both intrigue and satisfy curious minds alike.As stated on Wiley’s website: “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, and a healthy helping of popular culture clears the cobwebs from Kant. Philosophy has had a bad public relations problem for a few centuries now. This series aims to change that, showing that philosophy is relevant to your life – and not just for answering the big questions like ‘To be or not to be?’ but for answering the little questions, ‘To watch or not to watch South Park?’ Thinking deeply about TV, movies, and music doesn’t make you a ‘complete idiot.’ In fact it might make you a philosopher, someone who believes the unexamined life is not worth living and the unexamined cartoon is not worth watching.”Some other titles from the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series  include:

Spider-Man and Philosophy: The Web of Inquiry (2012)
Game of Thrones and Philosophy: Logic Cuts Deeper Than Swords (2012)
The Hunger Games and Philosophy: A Critique of Pure Treason (2012)
Green Lantern and Philosophy: No Evil Shall Escape this Book (2011)
Iron Man and Philosophy: Facing the Stark Reality (2010)
X-Men and Philosophy: Astonishing Insight and Uncanny Argument in the Mutant X-Verse (2009)
Watchmen and Philosophy: A Rorschach Test (2009)
Batman and Philosophy: The Dark Knight of the Soul (2008)

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One Comment

  1. Thinkers? Two words…. Henry Pym.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Pym

    Total genius.

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