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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Josiah

Stepping stone of a Book

I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I have both an affinity for Batman and a love of wisdom. The part of this book I will carry on without needing to listen again is on the subject of death and doing harm to the dead in an unfulfilled promise. It has caused me to evaluate the good I do to others and their memory, as well as the bad I do to their memory whether dead or alive. I will definitely be sharing these nuggets of wisdom and I will be purchasing Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics for more on friendship. That is why this book is a stepping stone. Yes you learn more about Batman, his relationship to the Joker as well as the Robins (if that be name or title, but you're introduced with enough clarity to the leading rational thinkers and left with questions. Thus it is a stepping stone to greater knowledge.
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- Acts238preacher

Book Details

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