Iron Man and Philosophy

  • by Willilam Irwin (Editor), Mark D. White (Editor)
  • Narrated by Adam Verner
  • 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first look at the philosophy behind the Iron Man comics and movies.
On the surface, Iron Man appears to be a straightforward superhero, another rich guy fighting crime with fancy gadgets. But beneath the shiny armor and flashy technology lies Tony Stark, brilliant inventor and eccentric playboy, struggling to balance his desires, addictions, and relationships with his duties as the Armored Avenger. Iron Man and Philosophy explores the many philosophical issues that emerge from the essential conflicts found in the decades of Iron Man stories in comics and movies.
What kind of moral compass does Tony Stark have? Is Iron Man responsible for the death of Captain America after the Marvel Universe Civil War? Should people like Stark run the world? How does Tonys alcoholism impact his performance as Iron Man, and what does it say about moral character? Ultimately, what can Iron Man teach us about the role of technology in society?
As absorbing as Iron Man comic books and movies, Iron Man and Philosophy:


Gives you a new perspective on Iron Man characters, story lines, and themes
Shows what philosophical heavy hitters such as Aristotle, Locke, and Heidegger can teach us about Tony Stark/Iron Man
Considers issues such as addiction, personal responsibility, the use of technology, and the role of government
Whether you've been reading the comic books for years or have gotten into Iron Man through the movies, Iron Man and Philosophy is a must-have companion for every fan.

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I am Iron Man!

Where does Iron Man and Philosophy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to and one of the most interesting books in a while.


Any additional comments?

A positive book arguing for the good life. A life tested by time and consequences. Also fun to get caught up one the story so far.

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- Brightblade

Philosophy Light

Or should that be Lite? Because like the beers that label themselves thus, this book is ultimately not unpleasant, but also on the whole left me a little unsatisfied. I think the redeeming aspect of the book are that some of the essays are a little more stimulating than others, but unfortunately there are too many that are so superficial they almost just seem like blog posts that a philosophy undergrad wrote. Don't think that I hated the book. I didn't. I enjoyed it (mostly) but I just wanted more. The best part of the book is the exploration of some of the more interesting Iron Man story lines, such as Tony Stark's alcoholism. These exploration of varied plot devices in the comic books make this a good intro to the world of Iron Man. Thumbs partially up.
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- Amazon Customer "Ray M."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-03-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios