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

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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


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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- Marie "Professional librarian type, amateur historian."

Book Details

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