The Avengers and Philosophy: Earth's Mightiest Thinkers

The Avengers and Philosophy: Earth's Mightiest Thinkers

Mark D. White

Language: English

Pages: 240

ISBN: 1118074572

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


An engaging look at the philosophical underpinnings of Earth's Mightiest Heroes

Avengers assemble! Tackling intriguing dilemmas and issues that no single great philosopher can withstand, this powerful book enlists the brainpower of an A-list team of history's most prominent thinkers to explore the themes behind the action of Marvel Comics' all-star superhero team.

  • Arms you with new insights into the characters and themes of The Avengers
  • Deepens your appreciation both of The Avengers comics and the Joss Whedon movie adaptation
  • Answers the philosophical questions you've always had about Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including: Can a reformed criminal become a superhero? Can an android love a human? If a hero beats his wife, is he still a hero?
  • Helps you think differently about the members of the superhero team—Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and the others

This thought-provoking book will help you understand this band of superheroes better, whether you've followed the Avengers for years or are a Joss Whedon fan just getting to know them.

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asserts that most people would love the opportunity to do what they want and take what they want for themselves but also maintain a reputation for being good and just. So according to Glaucon, we are actually jealous of the Dark Avengers and their blatant lack of morals. If you disagree with Glaucon, then you probably believe that there is a deeper sense in which we are “good” or “bad.” While you might not wish to appear unjust in order to be just, you would do it. And, of course, so do some of

arrows, one of which has a trick attachment, and the one who chooses this arrow is the winner. The Grandmaster can’t resist this gamble and is shocked when he draws the shaft without an attachment, leaving him vulnerable just long enough to bring an end to his scheme. As we soon see, the Grandmaster actually chose the arrow with the attachment, but Hawkeye snapped the attachment off the arrow as the Grandmaster grabbed it. Cap criticizes Hawkeye for cheating, and later, at a baseball game, he

the things that defines what the Avengers are, as well as what it means to be an Avenger as an individual: abiding by a set of rules or standards. But whether in the real world or the Marvel Universe, it can be difficult or even impossible to adhere to all of them, all of the time. In particular, there is a tension between the need to keep the rules and the need to achieve certain results. Sometimes compromises must be made. We’re not talking about things that happen in the heat of battle, or

way of seeing and caring about the same truth.10 The Avengers, for example, might be friends with one another insofar they share the same interest of defeating villains and have the same vision of good triumphing over evil. Given Lewis’s handling of friendship, it seems that a human can love an android as a friend. The Scarlet Witch and the Vision are more than friends, however, especially once they declare their love for each other.11 To be “more than just friends” often implies a type of

the identities of legitimate Avengers, but the truly scary thought is how readily they were accepted as such. No One Needs to Know Like Glaucon’s example of the unjust person who is granted a reputation for justice, Osborn consistently works to maintain a positive public image for himself and his team. For example, some members of the newly assembled Dark Avengers suggest that they make the public safe by going after Tony Stark, to which Osborn replies, “No. For now, Tony Stark is a court

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