Batman and Philosophy: The Dark Knight of the Soul (The by Robert Arp, Mark D. White

By Robert Arp, Mark D. White

• Why doesn't Batman simply kill the Joker and finish everyone's misery?
• will we carry the Joker morally answerable for his actions?
• Is Batman larger than Superman?
• If all people Batman's instance, could Gotham be a greater place?
• what's the Tao of the Bat?

Batman is likely one of the most intricate characters ever to seem in comedian books, photo novels, and at the mammoth monitor. What philosophical trials does this superhero confront with a view to hold Gotham secure? Combing via seventy years of comedian books, tv exhibits, and films, Batman and Philosophy explores how the darkish Knight grapples with moral conundrums, ethical accountability, his identification trouble, the ethical weight he incorporates to avenge his murdered mom and dad, and lots more and plenty extra. How does this caped crusader degree up opposed to the lessons of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Kierkegaard, and Lao Tzu?

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Virtue ethics has been criticized for a couple of reasons. First, one could argue that it’s circular in that “virtue” is defined in terms of the tendency to do good things, while at the same time “good things” is defined in terms of what virtuous people tend to do! Second, virtue ethics has been criticized for being impractical because it provides no guidance when two or more virtues conflict. For example, justice and mercy have a tendency to conflict with one another on a regular basis when people try to make moral decisions about an appropriate punishment for a crime.

As a detective, Batman uncovers crimes that run counter to social order; and as a gang lord, he walks the streets during the day and demands tribute to provide rules and structure to those citizens lost in this hostile environment. Batman helps people pull together to share resources in a more just way, as opposed to the exploitative ways of Penguin, Mr. Freeze, TwoFace, and others. Batman must first dismantle their systems of oppression to establish a new order, which will eventually coincide with the work of Jim Gordon and the GCPD.

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