By Mark D. White
Why does not Batman simply kill the Joker and finish everyone's misery?Can we carry the Joker morally liable for his actions?Is Batman higher than Superman?If each person Batman's example,would Gotham be a greater place?What is the Tao of the Bat?Batman is likely one of the most complicated characters ever to seem in comedian books, photograph novels, and at the enormous display. What philosophical trials does this superhero confront with a view to preserve Gotham secure? Combing via seventy years of comedian books, tv exhibits, and flicks, Batman and Philosophy explores how the darkish Knight grapples with moral conundrums, ethical accountability, his identification drawback, the ethical weight he contains 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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WeUdon (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1 987), especially Book 2. 2. For a simple introduction to virtue ethics, deontology, utilitarianism, and other erhical Very Short Introduaion (Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2003). theories, see Simon Blackburn, Ethics: A 3. See the intenriew with Bat-Tzu in chapter 20 of this book for more on the importance of balance in one's life. PART TWO LAW, J USTICE, AND THE SOCIAL ORDER: WHERE DOES BATMAN FIT IN? 's LAND: SOCIAL NO ORD E R IN GOTHAM C ITY AN D N EW ORLEANS Brett Chandler Patterson No Man's Lands: Gotham City and New Orleans The average American takes social order for granted.
Batman's ultimate goal is this reestablishment of order; thus, it is extremely important that he reconcile with Jim Gordon, who previously distanced himself from Batman, feeling betrayed by the Batman's absence those first months. Batman's ongoing relationship with Jim Gordon emphasizes that he is not an isolated vigilante, a law unto himself. He seeks to uphold social justice, and to that end he works closely with Jim Gordon and is also more in tune with the GCPD than at odds with it. He also has a code against killing, and his repri manding Huntress for her more violent methods parallels Jim Gordon's disciplining Petit.
S LAND: SOCIAL NO ORD E R IN GOTHAM C ITY AN D N EW ORLEANS Brett Chandler Patterson No Man's Lands: Gotham City and New Orleans The average American takes social order for granted. We wake up each day assuming that our institutions--educational, medical, political, and so on-will run smoothly, even if not always in our interests. Terrorism has fostered some doubt, but on the whole, most Americans still assume and enjoy a relatively peaceful existence. Even the United States, how ever, is not exempt from the large-scale destruction of natural disasters.