Watchmen and Philosophy: A Rorschach Test

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William Irwin, Mark D. White
John Wiley & Sons, May 4, 2009 - Philosophy - 240 pages
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Alan Moore's Watchmen is set in 1985 and chronicles the alternativehistory of the United States where the US edges dangerously closerto nuclear war with the Soviet Union. Within this world exists agroup of crime busters, who don elaborate costumes to conceal theiridentity and fight crime, and an intricate plot to kill anddiscredit these "superheroes."

Alan Moore's Watchmen popularized the graphic novel format, hasbeen named one of Time magazine's top 100 novels, and is now beingmade into a highly anticipated movie adaptation. This latest bookin the popular Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series peersinto Moore's deeply philosophical work to parse and deconstruct theethical issues raised by Watchmen's costumed adventurers, theiractions, and their world. From nuclear destruction to utopia, fromgovernmental authority to human morality and social responsibility,it answers questions fans have had for years about Watchmen'sethical quandaries, themes, and characters.
 

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The Philosophy and Pop Culture Series is a great idea, but I'm sick and tired of Utilitarianism vs Kantianism text analysis. A more interesting philosophical analysis would consider that Dr. Manhattan's ability to recreate himself without a body implies mind-body dualism. Read full review

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Though comics generally are viewed as lightweight, Watchmen sports some pretty heavy moral and philosophical themes that become more apparent through multiple readings. This volume, part of the ... Read full review

Contents

A Rorschach Test INTRODUCTION A Rorschach Test
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A Rorschach Test Part I THE POLITICS OF POWER WHO WATCHES THE WATCHMEN?
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A Rorschach Test Part II THE VEIDT PLAN WATCHMEN AND ETHICS
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A Rorschach Test Part III THE METAPHYSICS OF DR MANHATTAN
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A Rorschach Test Part IV THIS IS NOT YOUR FATHERS COMIC BOOK
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A Rorschach Test CONTRIBUTORS
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A Rorschach Test INDEX
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Mark D. White is an associate professor in the Department ofPolitical Science, Economics, and Philosophy at the College ofStaten Island/CUNY and coeditor of Batman andPhilosophy.
William Irwin is a professor of philosophy at King's College. Heoriginated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books ascoeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and hasoverseen recent titles, including Batman and Philosophy,House and Philosophy, and Watchmen and Philosophy.

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