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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?
©2008 Mark D. White; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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By gijack on 08-26-12

Its interesting but stretches a bit.

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

Somewhere in the middle

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The use of comic book characters to help the reader understand philosophical theory.

Any additional comments?

This an interesting book to read if you like comic books and have a philosophical bent in your thinking. If one or the other of these do not interest you this is not the book for you.

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By Marie on 02-01-14

Dull

This was a chore to slog through, until I decided to give up on it. I've leaned to the Batman and psychology book and hoped this was more of the same. Sort of, but far less interesting. Maybe another narrator, one who is a little bit more animated than this one may have helped. I gave the story three stars because it wasn't a total waste. I did learn something for the few hours I tolerated the book.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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By thj11 on 08-06-15

Boring

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

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0 of 1 people found this review helpful


By STEVEN on 10-29-13

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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By wincenworks on 05-20-15

A fun way to learn about philosophy

Being a Batman fan is not necessary but this will appeal most to those who are open to comic drama and humor. And not too attached to the idea of Superman as the best hero ever. It does start with some annoying background noise but it goes away after a few minutes.

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