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

By Mark D. White

Why does not Batman simply kill the Joker and finish everyone's misery?Can we carry the Joker morally liable for his actions?Is Batman greater than Superman?If each person Batman's example,would Gotham be a greater place?What is the Tao of the Bat?Batman is among the most complicated characters ever to seem in comedian books, picture novels, and at the substantial reveal. What philosophical trials does this superhero confront to be able to retain Gotham secure? Combing via seventy years of comedian books, tv indicates, and films, Batman and Philosophy explores how the darkish Knight grapples with moral conundrums, ethical accountability, his identification concern, the ethical weight he contains 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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For instance, we often think that it's good that evildoers suffer. We think that it's good that people get what they deserve, and vicious people deserve pain (or suffering). Because virtuous persons love good things, they may love to see a vicious per­ son in pain-a virtuous person can actually want a vicious one to suffer, and be pleased when he does suffer. And if wanting someone to suffer or being pleased that someone is suffering is the same thing as hating him, virtuous people can hate. Batman is just such a case.

Twenty-five thousand people waited over five days to be rescued from the Superdome; National Guard troops turned people away from refuges in those later days; hotels turned people out onto the streets; and the sheriff of Jefferson Parish closed the greater New Orleans Bridge to refugees, emphasizing that the suburbs would not fall into the chaos. 7 It is also noteworthy that one of the first institutions to be restored in the first week was a makeshift jail. Hobbes's "state of nature" seemed to be alive and well.

It is a long road to the city's healing, to a restoration of the law and order that existed before the earthquake. Batman's ultimate goal is this reestablishment of order; thus, it is extremely important that he reconcile with Jim Gordon, who previously distanced himself from Batman, feeling betrayed by the Batman's absence those first months. Batman's ongoing relationship with Jim Gordon emphasizes that he is not an isolated vigilante, a law unto himself. He seeks to uphold social justice, and to that end he works closely with Jim Gordon and is also more in tune with the GCPD than at odds with it.

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