Batman and Philosophy: The Dark Knight of the Soul

By Mark D. White, Robert Arp, William Irwin

Why does not Batman simply kill the Joker and finish everyone's misery?

will we carry the Joker morally chargeable for his actions?

Is Batman greater than Superman?

If every body Batman's example,

might Gotham be a greater place?

what's the Tao of the Bat?

Batman is without doubt one of the most intricate characters ever to seem in comedian books, photograph novels, and at the enormous monitor. What philosophical trials does this superhero confront so as to hold Gotham secure? Combing via seventy years of comedian books, tv indicates, and flicks, Batman and Philosophy explores how the darkish Knight grapples with moral conundrums, ethical accountability, his id drawback, the ethical weight he consists of to avenge his murdered mom and dad, and masses extra. How does this caped crusader degree up opposed to the lessons of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Kierkegaard, and Lao Tzu?

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Poker and Philosophy: Pocket Rockets and Philosopher Kings (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Eric Bronson

Does God play playing cards with the universe? Do ladies have larger poker faces than males? What’s the main existential poker motion picture ever made? Is lifestyles extra significant in case you pass all-in? Is on-line poker rather nonetheless poker? Poker and Philosophy ponders those questions and extra, pitting younger lions opposed to outdated masters because the brashness of Phil Hellmuth meets the boldness of Socrates, the recklessness of Doyle Brunson demanding situations the desperation of Dostoyevsky, and the chill of Chris Moneymaker takes at the American culture of capitalist ingenuity. This witty choice of essays demonstrates what critical card sharks have lengthy recognized: profitable giant takes greater than an excellent hand and a immediately face. Stacking the metaphorical deck with a major grounding in philosophy is the foremost to raking it in, simply because as Machiavelli proved some time past, it’s significantly better to be feared than enjoyed, and mendacity isn't the comparable as cheating.

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The Philosophy of David Cronenberg (The Philosophy of Popular Culture)

Before everything considered as a cult determine with a powerful following among sci-fi and horror movie lovers, Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg emerged as a tremendous and commercially manageable movie director with mainstream hits reminiscent of A historical past of Violence (2005) and jap gives you (2007). together with his certain skill to give imagery that's either worrying and provocative, Cronenberg creates impressive motion pictures, noteworthy not only for his or her cinematic good looks but additionally for the philosophical questions they raise.
The Philosophy of David Cronenberg examines Cronenberg's physique of labor, from his leap forward Scanners (1981) via his such a lot recognizable movies comparable to The Fly (1986) and more moderen works. Editor Simon Riches and a collaboration of students introduce the filmmaker's bad storylines and psychologically salient issues that exhibit his pioneering use of the idea that of "body horror," in addition to his persevered objective to satirize the fashionable misuse of technology and know-how. The Philosophy of David Cronenberg additionally explores the mutation of self, authenticity and the human brain, in addition to language and worldviews. whereas Cronenberg's motion pictures have moved from small-market cult classics to mainstream successes, his fascinating visions of humanity and the self undergo.

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Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy: Raiding the Temple of Wisdom (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Author note: Jon Cogburn (Editor), Mark Silcox (Editor)
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This quantity will persuade readers that the quick ascent of the tabletop role-playing video game Dungeons and Dragons to around the globe acceptance within the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties is “the most enjoyable occasion in pop culture because the invention of the movement picture."

Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy provides twenty-one chapters through varied writers, all D&D aficionados yet with starkly diversified insights and issues of view. it is going to be preferred through considerate enthusiasts of the sport, together with either these of their thirties, forties, and fifties who've rediscovered the hobby they enjoyed as kids and the recent teenage and college-student D&D gamers who've grown up with gaming through computing device and console video games and are actually turning to D&D as a richer, fuller gaming experience.

The e-book is split into 3 elements. the 1st, “Heroic Tier: the moral Dungeon-Crawler," explores what D&D has to coach us approximately ethics and approximately how effects from the philosophical learn of morality can improve and remodel the sport itself. Authors argue that it's ok to play evil characters, criticize the conventional and new platforms of ethical alignment, and (from the viewpoint of these who love the sport) take on head-on the ordinary concerns approximately no matter if the sport has issues of gender and racial stereotypes. Readers of Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy turns into higher avid gamers, greater thinkers, higher dungeon-masters, and higher people.

Part II, “Paragon Tier: Planes of Existence," arouses a brand new experience of ask yourself approximately either the true international and the collaborative international video game gamers create. Authors examine such metaphysical questions as what separates magic from technological know-how, how we exhibit the inexpressible via collaborative storytelling, and what the items that populate Dungeons and Dragons worlds can train us concerning the both magnificent gadgets that encompass us within the actual world.

The 3rd half, “Epic Tier: Leveling Up," is on the crossroads of philosophy and the interesting new box of video game stories. The writers examine what makes a video game a online game, no matter if D&D gamers are artists generating artworks, even if D&D (as certainly one of its inventors claimed) may function fullyyt with out ideas, how we will be able to conquer the philosophical divide among online game and tale, and what forms of minds participate in D&D

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The Video Game Theory Reader

Within the early days of Pong and Pac guy, games looked to be little greater than an idle hobby. at the present time, games make up a multi-billion buck that opponents tv and picture.

The online game Theory Reader brings jointly intriguing new paintings at the many ways games are reshaping the face of leisure and our dating with expertise. Drawing upon examples from commonly renowned video games starting from Space Invaders to Final delusion IX and Combat Flight Simulator 2, the members talk about the connection among games and different media; the shift from 3rd- to first-person video games; players and the gaming neighborhood; and the real sociological, cultural, business, and monetary matters that encompass gaming.

The game Theory Reader is the basic advent to a desirable and quickly increasing new box of media experiences.

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Game Play: Paratextuality in Contemporary Board Games

By Paul Booth

The twenty first century has noticeable a board online game renaissance. At a time while streaming tv reveals thousands of audience, games garner billions of greenbacks, and social media grows ever extra extreme, little has been written in regards to the emerging approval for board video games. And but board video games are one among our quickest starting to be spare time activities, with revenues expanding each year. modern-day board video games are greater than simply your regular rainy-day mainstay. as soon as linked completely with geek subcultures, complicated and strategic board video games are more and more dominating the playful media atmosphere.

the recognition of those complicated board video games mirrors the increase of extra advanced cult media items. In Game Play: Paratextuality in modern Board Games, Paul sales space examines advanced board video games in keeping with booklet, television, and picture franchises, together with Doctor Who, The jogging lifeless, Lord of the earrings, celebrity Trek, The starvation Games and the worlds of H.P. Lovecraft. How does a online game signify a cult global? How can narratives move media systems? via investigating the connection among those media items and their board online game types, sales space illustrates the connections among cult media, gameplay, and narrative in a electronic media environment.

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Planet of the Apes and Philosophy: Great Apes Think Alike (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By John Huss

What makes people varied from different animals, what people are entitled to do to different species, even if time go back and forth is feasible, what limits might be put on technology and expertise, the morality and practicality of genetic engineering?these are only many of the philosophical difficulties raised by way of Planet of the Apes.
Planet of the Apes and Philosophy appears to be like in any respect the deeper matters concerned with the Planet of the Apes tales. It covers the full franchise, from Pierre Boulle’s 1963 novel Monkey Planet to the profitable 2012 reboot upward thrust of the Planet of the Apes. The chapters mirror diversified issues of view, philosophical, spiritual, and scientific.
The moral kinfolk of people with animals are explored in different chapters, with enjoyable and incisive observations on animal intelligence, animal rights, and human-animal interplay. Genetic engineering is altering people, animals, and crops, elevating new questions on the morality of such interventions. The medical reputation that people and chimps percentage ninety nine percentage in their genes makes a destiny within which non-human animals gather larger significance a special possibility.
Planet of the Apes is the main resonant of all clinical apocalypse myths.

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Bullshit and Philosophy: Guaranteed to Get Perfect Results Every Time (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Popular curiosity in bullshit — and its close to relative, truthiness — is at an all-time excessive, however the topic has a wealthy philosophical historical past, with Hobbes, Locke, Hume, and Kant all weighing in at the subject. the following, modern philosophers give some thought to bullshit from epistemological, moral, metaphysical, ancient, and political issues of view. Tackling questions together with what's bullshit, what does it do, is it a passing fad, and will it ever be eradicated, the booklet is a advisor and source for the numerous who locate bullshit worthy pondering.

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Star Wars and Philosophy: More Powerful Than You Can Possibly Imagine

By Kevin S. Decker, Jason T. Eberl

Within this e-book, you can be handled to mind-bending discussions of the subsequent questions: Why do undesirable Sith almost always inform the reality and stable Jedi usually inform lies? while is it justified to elevate a military via breeding clones? If The strength should have a dismal facet, how can the darkish facet be evil? Is Yoda a Stoic or a Zen grasp? Are droids folks, entitled to civil rights?
Forget lightsabers and lengthy brown gowns - wisdom and figuring out are, in truth, the Jedi's most useful possessions. The solutions are all right here; use them properly.

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Facebook and Philosophy: What's on Your Mind? (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By D. E. Wittkower

Facebook and Philosophy is an wonderful, multi-faceted exploration of what fb skill for us and for our relations. With discussions starting from the character of friendship and its dating to "friending," to the (debatable) efficacy of "online activism," this ebook is the main broad and systematic try and comprehend fb but. And with lots of new views on Twitter and internet 2.0 alongside the best way, this enjoyable, thought-provoking e-book is a significant and demanding contribution for someone operating with social media, even if in academia, journalism, public kinfolk, activism, or enterprise. Exploring far-reaching questions — Can our interactions on fb support us care approximately one another extra? Does fb sign the demise of privateness, or (perhaps worse but) the loss of life of our hope for privateness? — Facebook and Philosophy is essential examining for a person curious about social networks today.

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