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Spider-Man and Philosophy

The Web of Inquiry

Spider-Man and Philosophy by William Irwin
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Untangle the complex web of philosophical dilemmas of Spidey andhis world—in time for the release of The AmazingSpider-Man movie

Since Stan Lee and Marvel introduced Spider-Man in AmazingFantasy #15 in 1962, everyone’s favorite webslinger hashad a long career in comics, graphic novels, cartoons, movies, andeven on Broadway. In this book some of history’s mostpowerful philosophers help us explore the enduring questions andissues surrounding this beloved superhero: Is Peter Parker to blamefor the death of his uncle? Does great power really bring greatresponsibility? Can Spidey champion justice and be with Mary Janeat the same time? Finding your way through this web of inquiry,you’ll discover answers to these and many otherthought-provoking questions.

  • Gives you a fresh perspective and insights on Peter Parker andSpider-Man’s story lines and ideas
  • Examines important philosophical issues and questions, such as:What is it to live a good life? Do our particular talents come withobligations? What role should friendship play in life? Is there anymeaning to life?
  • Views Spider-Man through the lens of some of history’smost influential thinkers, from Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, andImmanuel Kant to Nietszche, William James, Ayn Rand, and AlasdairMacIntyre


 

Wiley; April 2012
288 pages; ISBN 9781118215753
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Title: Spider-Man and Philosophy
Author: William Irwin; Jonathan J. Sanford
 
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