Supervillains and Philosophy: Sometimes, Evil is its Own Reward

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Ben Dyer
Open Court, Sep 30, 2011 - Philosophy - 288 pages
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The devil gets his due in the latest entry in the Pop Culture and Philosophy series. Supervillains and Philosophy features an international cabal of philosophers and comics industry professionals conspiring to reveal the dark details — and deeper meanings — lurking behind today’s most popular comic book monsters. Whether it’s their moral justification for world domination or the wavering boundaries they share with the modern anti-hero, everyone's favorite villains generate as much attention as their heroic counterparts. The 20 essays in this accessible book explore the nature of supervillainy, examine the boundaries of good and evil, offer helpful advice to prospective supervillains, and untangle diabolical puzzles of identity and consciousness. All the legends are here, from Dr. Doom and the Spectre to the Joker and the Watchmen, reconsidered through the lens of classic and modern philosophy.
 

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Contents

Phase Two The Nature of Evil
41
Phase Three Taking Over the World
79
Phase Four Beyond Good and Evil?
125
Phase Five Fiendish Puzzles
157
16 What Limits an AllPowerful Being?
159
17 Whats Venoms Poison?
169
18 Drawing a Line in the Sandman
179
19 Brainiacs Brain Brainiacs Body
189
The Rogues Gallery
199
Index
205
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Ben Dyer is finishing a dissertation in moral and political philosophy at Bowling Green State University.

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