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The Virtues of Captain America : Modern-Day Lessons on Character from a World War II Superhero.

Author: Mark D White
Publisher: Hoboken : Wiley Blackwell, 2014.
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The first look at the philosophy behind the Captain America comics and movies, publishing in advance of the movie release of Captain America: The Winter Solider in April 2014. In The Virtues of Captain America, philosopher and long-time comics fan Mark D. White argues that the core principles, compassion, and judgment exhibited by the 1940's comic book character Captain America remain relevant to the modern world.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
White, Mark D., 1971-
Virtues of Captain America.
Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, 2014
(DLC) 2014004519
(OCoLC)857850160
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mark D White
ISBN: 9781118619353 1118619358 9781118619247 1118619242
OCLC Number: 868491292
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 234 pages)
Contents: The Virtues of Captain America: Modern-Day Lessons on Character from a World War II Superhero; Copyright; Contents; Introduction; Acknowledgments; Notes on Source Material; About the Author; 1 Superhuman Ethics Class; Utilitarianism; Deontology; A Civil War ... of Ethics!; Virtue Ethics; Virtuous Deontology ... No, Deontological Virtue ... Maybe "Deontovirtue"?; Notes; 2 Captain America as a Moral Exemplar; Can a Fictional Character Be a Moral Exemplar?; Aren't Fictional Characters Liable to Be Perfect?; Fifty Years, Dozens of Writers ... One Captain America?; Notes; 3 Five Basic Virtues; Courage. Humility; Righteous Indignation; Sacrifice and Responsibility; Perseverance; Notes; 4 Honor and Integrity; The Honor of Captain America; External Honor as Respect; Internal Honor as Integrity; Principle and Compromise; Duty and Sacrifice (Again); Notes; 5 Judgment; Making the Hard Decisions; Whose Right Answer?; Tragic Dilemmas and How to Avoid Them; "Black-and-White" or Red, White, and Blue? When Judgment Evolves; Hitting the Threshold; Notes; 6 Principle and Politics; Patriotism: The Captain and America; Cosmopolitanism; The American Dream Versus the American Reality. "I' m a Hero, Not a Politician!"Principle over Politics; Captain America in (Principled) Action; Secret Empire/Nomad; The Captain; Civil War; Notes; 7 Can Captain America Help Us Achieve Greater Unity and Civility?; The "Divided States of America," Then and Now; The Three Core American Ideals; Justice; Equality; Liberty; Debating What We Disagree On While Recognizing What We Share; Now It's Our Turn; Notes; Appendix: Why are There Seven Volumes of Captain America and Five Volumes of Avengers?; Notes; References; Notes; Index.

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