Batman and Philosophy

  • by Mark D. White, Robert Arp
  • Narrated by Mark D. White
  • 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Why doesn't Batman just kill the Joker and end everyone's misery? Can we hold the Joker morally responsible for his actions? Is Batman better than Superman? If everyone followed Batman's example, would Gotham be a better place? What is the Tao of the Bat?
Batman is one of the most complex characters ever to appear in comic books, graphic novels, and on the big screen. What philosophical trials does this superhero confront in order to keep Gotham safe? Combing through 70 years of comic books, television shows, and movies, Batman and Philosophy explores how the Dark Knight grapples with ethical conundrums, moral responsibility, his identity crisis, the moral weight he carries to avenge his murdered parents, and much more. How does this caped crusader measure up against the teachings of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Kierkegaard, and Lao Tzu?


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Went on far to long fell asleep half way through get a dark and stormy night instead.
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- thj11

Thought Provoking

Would you consider the audio edition of Batman and Philosophy to be better than the print version?

A fantastic, thought provoking, clear and lucid account of the potential motivations of one, if not the only one true complex superhero (and villains) the comic book character Batman and his enemies (such as the joker), they come across as so much more that make believe characters, this is a fantastic book that makes philosophy, which is usually regarded boring and stuffy - well your wrong! - incredibly compelling, stimulating and as my headline for this review says/is thought provoking. This is more than a book on philosophy it also can be seen as a basic primer for phycology. highly recommended to everyone not just bat-fans.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Batman and Philosophy?

all of it!

What does Mark D. White bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

This isn't a story but does have a brilliant narration by mark D. White

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

You can certainty identify, whether right or wrong (which maybe scary or overwhelming ) with the human minds, perceptions, thoughts and motivations and therefore physical manifest behaviours presented in this book - you are human after all?

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-12-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios