Spider-Man and Philosophy: The Web of Inquiry by Jonathan J. Sanford, William Irwin

By Jonathan J. Sanford, William Irwin

Untangle the complicated net of philosophical dilemmas of Spidey and his world—in time for the discharge of The outstanding Spider-Man movie

Since Stan Lee and surprise brought Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962, everyone’s favourite webslinger has had a protracted occupation in comics, photograph novels, cartoons, videos, or even on Broadway. during this publication a few of history’s strongest philosophers support us discover the long-lasting questions and matters surrounding this loved superhero: Is Peter Parker responsible for the dying of his uncle? Does nice strength relatively deliver nice accountability? Can Spidey champion justice and be with Mary Jane whilst? discovering your means via this internet of inquiry, you’ll realize solutions to those and lots of different thought-provoking questions.

  • Gives you a clean standpoint and insights on Peter Parker and Spider-Man’s tale strains and ideas
  • Examines very important philosophical matters and questions, resembling: what's it to stay a very good lifestyles? Do our specific abilities include tasks? What position should still friendship play in lifestyles? Is there any intending to life?
  • Views Spider-Man in the course of the lens of a few of history’s such a lot influential thinkers, from Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, and Immanuel Kant to Nietszche, William James, Ayn Rand, and Alasdair MacIntyre


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Suffering heightens Peter’s awareness of risk and a desire to avoid repeating past mistakes, which is very helpful. 39 If there’s a balance to be struck, Peter has come out on the right side. What Next? Nothing is more depressing than talking to a philosopher who doesn’t believe in anything. indd 19 15/03/12 1:21 PM 20 NEIL MUSSETT not my plan to argue for one particular winner in this chapter. There are two general approaches to answering this question, the academic (read everything you can and make a decision) and the concrete (find someone who has what you want and ask how he or she got it).

Indd 28 15/03/12 1:22 PM W H AT P R I C E AT O N E M E N T ? 29 place in the chain of being, we need only realize fully our own nature, and the rest will follow of its own accord. Instead of neurotically trying to sound out the opinions and wishes of others, we need to develop our own inner compass, safe in the knowledge that in this way we will behave appropriately and in a beneficent manner in each individual circumstance. Some have suggested that this is the way we should read Nietzsche’s (1844– 1900) famous pronouncement of the death of God.

Indd 44 15/03/12 1:24 PM “ M Y N A M E I S P E T E R PA R K E R ” 45 As we know, Peter unmasks to the world and then throws up in the restroom, while Tony assures him he did the right thing. When Tony tries to tell Peter he knows how he feels, Peter tells him, “No, Tony, you don’t know what it’s like. You don’t know because you’ve never had a family to worry about. . ”21 Peter makes Tony promise him that he will take care of May and MJ if anything happens to him; even though Peter keeps his promise to Tony, he doesn’t want his family to suffer for it.

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