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Watchmen and Philosophy

A Rorschach Test

Watchmen and Philosophy by William Irwin
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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.
Wiley; April 2009
240 pages; ISBN 9780470730300
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Title: Watchmen and Philosophy
Author: William Irwin; Mark D. White
 
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