Iron Man and Philosophy
Facing the Stark Reality (Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture S.)
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|Format:||Paperback / softback, 304 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 24 March 2010|
This is the first look at the philosophy behind the Iron Man comics and movies, timed for the release of "Iron Man 2" in March 2010. When genius-and-playboy-turned-superhero Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) uses his technological prowess to help others rather than the war machine he's nurtured with Stark Industries, he must grapple not only with a suit of armor, but with dangers and philosophical dilemmas that give new meaning to the term 'heavy metal'. This book is the first to explore them, drawing on the wisdom of philosophical heavyweights like Plato to answer essential questions such as: Can someone be morally flawed and still deserve to be a superhero? If Iron Man is the property of Stark Industries, what are the moral ramifications of ownership? How can virtue ethics explain the direction of Tony Stark's moral compass? Why should Tony Stark be the only person to make use of the Iron Man technology? As absorbing as Iron Man comic books and movies, "Iron Man and Philosophy": gives you a new perspective on Iron Man characters, storylines, and themes; shows what philosophical heavy hitters such as Aristotle, Locke and Heidegger can teach us about Tony Stark/Iron Man; and, considers issues such as addiction, personal responsibility, the use of technology, and the role of government. Whether you've been reading the comic books for years or have gotten into Iron Man through the movies, "Iron Man and Philosophy" is a must-have companion for every fan.
Table of Contents
Iron Introductions and Armored Acknowledgments. Part One The Nuts and Bolts of Tony Stark. 1 The Stark Madness of Technology ( George A. Dunn ). 2 The Technological Subversion of Technology: Tony Stark, Heidegger and the Subject of Resistance ( Rocco Gangle ). 3 The Literal Making of a Superhero ( Travis N. Rieder ). Part Two Wearing the Armor Responsibly. 4 Can Iron Man Atone for Tony Stark's Wrongs? ( Christopher Robichaud ). 5 Did Iron Man Kill Captain America? ( Mark D. White ). 6 Fate at the Bottom of a Bottle: Alcohol and Tony Stark ( Ron Novy ). Part Three The Iron Age: Tony Stark's Role in Society. 7 Tony Stark and "The Gospel of Wealth" ( Andrew Terjesen ). 8 (TM) and (c) Stark Industries: Iron Man and Property Rights ( Daniel P. Malloy ). 9 Tony Stark, Philosopher King of the Future? ( Tony Spanakos ). Part Four The Mind Inside the Iron Man. 10 Iron Man in a Chinese Room: Does Living Armor Think? ( Ron Novy ). 11 Flexing His Intelligence: Tony Stark's Brainy Brawn ( Phillip S. Seng ). 12 Does Tony Stark Have an Iron Will? ( Mark D. White ). Part Five The Virtue of an Avenger. 13. Does Tony Stark Use a Moral Compass? ( Sarah K. Donovan and Nicholas P. Richardson ). 14 Flawed Heroes and Courageous Villains: Plato, Aristotle, and Iron Man on the Unity of the Virtues ( Carsten Fogh Nielsen ). 15 "I Have a Good Life": Iron Man and the Avenger School of Virtue ( Stephanie Patterson and Brett Patterson ). Part Six What It Means to Be an Iron Man. 16 Iron Man and the Problem of Progress ( David Valleau Curtis ). 17 Engendering Justice in Iron Man ( Rebecca Housel and Gary Housel ). 18 Iron Man's Transcendent Challenge ( Stephen Faller ). Contributor: Avengers Assembled. Index: Topics from the S.H.I.E.L.D. File on Tony Stark/Iron Man.
About the Author
Mark D. White is a professor in the Department of Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy at the College of Staten Island/CUNY. He coedited Batman and Philosophy and edited Watchmen and Philosophy . William Irwin is a professor of philosophy at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles, including Batman and Philosophy, House and Philosophy, and Watchmen and Philosophy.
|Publisher: ||John Wiley & Sons Ltd|
|Dimensions: ||22.71 x 15.54 x 1.8 centimeters (0.42 kg)|