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Batman and ethics

Author: Mark D White
Publisher: Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Batman has been one of the worlds most beloved superheroes since his first appearance in issue #27 of Detective Comics in 1939. Clad in his dark cowl and cape, he has captured the imagination of thousands of fans with his acrobatic fighting skills, high-tech crimefighting gadgets, and swift but often violent brand of justice. But why has he enjoyed such long-lived popularity as a character? And why have his actions  Read more...
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White, Mark D., 1971-
Batman and ethics.
Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell, 2019
(DLC) 2018052978
Named Person: Batman, (Fictitious character); Batman, (Fictitious character)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark D White
ISBN: 9781119038023 1119038022
OCLC Number: 1061870511
Description: 284 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments viIntroduction 1Part I: What Batman Tries to Do-and How He Might Do It Better 91 Utilitarianism and the Mission 112 Limitations of the Mission 193 Trade?Offs within the Mission 434 The Value and Meaning of the Bat 78Intermezzo 110Part II: What Batman Is Willing to Do-and What He Isn't 1155 Deontology and the Rules 1176 Killing 1257 Torture and Violence 1698 Law, Justice, and the Police 201Conclusion 229References 239Index 268List of Comics Writers and Artists 279
Other Titles: Batman & ethics
Responsibility: Mark D. White.

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"Batman has been one of the worlds most beloved superheroes since his first appearance in issue #27 of Detective Comics in 1939. Clad in his dark cowl and cape, he has captured the imagination of thousands of fans with his acrobatic fighting skills, high-tech crimefighting gadgets, and swift but often violent brand of justice. But why has he enjoyed such long-lived popularity as a character? And why have his actions caused debate among fans and philosophers? Based on four decades of comic book storylines, Batman and Ethics explores the concepts and contradictions of the ethical and moral code of the Dark Knight. From the logic behind his aversion to killing, to the implication of his use of torture, to the moral status of vigilantism in the pursuit of justice, Batmans ethical precepts are both compelling and deeply flawed. Starting with the character-defining work of Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams in the early 1970s, through the revolutionary era of the reimagined superhero comic in the 1980s and 1990s, to the new directions in the modern works of Grant Morrison, Ed Brubaker, Scott McDaniel, and ending with the release of the New 52, Batman and Ethics explores the developments of Batman's most troubling ethical dilemmas. It is a thought-provoking and entertaining journey through four decades of Batman's struggles and triumphs - a perfect way for readers to approach the complex questions of ethics and moral philosophy through one of the most popular canons in comic book history"--

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"...a smart and fun-to-read book that uses three of the major ethical systems in western philosophy in order to explain why Batman does what he does...White writes in a clear, engaging style that Read more...

 
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