By Jonathan J. Sanford, William Irwin

Untangle the advanced internet of philosophical dilemmas of Spidey and his world—in time for the discharge of The impressive Spider-Man movie

Since Stan Lee and wonder brought Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962, everyone’s favourite webslinger has had a protracted profession in comics, photograph novels, cartoons, videos, or even on Broadway. during this booklet a few of history’s strongest philosophers support us discover the iconic questions and matters surrounding this liked superhero: Is Peter Parker accountable for the dying of his uncle? Does nice energy quite deliver nice accountability? Can Spidey champion justice and be with Mary Jane even as? discovering your manner via this net of inquiry, you’ll notice solutions to those and lots of different thought-provoking questions.

  • Gives you a clean point of view and insights on Peter Parker and Spider-Man’s tale traces and ideas
  • Examines very important philosophical concerns and questions, corresponding to: what's it to dwell an excellent lifestyles? Do our specific abilities include duties? What position should still friendship play in existence? Is there any aspiring to life?
  • Views Spider-Man during 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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Some have suggested that this is the way we should read Nietzsche’s (1844– 1900) famous pronouncement of the death of God. 13 This need not signal amoral or immoral behavior; rather, it could be seen as heralding the recovery of a superior set of values, one that emulates the ancient tradition of ethics as care of the self. 14 Again, there’s enough in Spider-Man’s history to suggest that he’d find this line of thought tempting at least. ” Uncle Ben gets to make a posthumous visitation and to say that Peter has “built up a fine sense of caring .

Rand, Atlas Shrugged, 410. 15. Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness, 32. 16. , 1030. 17. , 959. 18. Rand, Atlas Shrugged, 1030. 19. Ibid. 20. The Writings of Origen, trans. Frederick Crombie (University of California: T & T Clark, 1872), 475. 21. John Lancaster Spalding, “Critical and Biographical Introduction,” in Discourses of Epictetus, trans. George Long (New York: D. Appleton, 1904), iv. indd 20 15/03/12 1:21 PM D O E S P E T E R PA R K E R H AV E A G O O D L I F E ? 21 22. Epictetus, Discourses of Epictetus, trans.

Yet if this is true (and if Uncle Ben in death can substitute for Christ, just as Uncle Ben in life substituted for the Father), then Peter seems screwed either way! For if justice is served measure for measure, then the only conceivable way for Peter to answer Uncle Ben’s sacrifice would be to sacrifice his own life in the name of some greater good. indd 25 15/03/12 1:22 PM 26 TA N E L I K U K K O N E N he would extinguish the hopes that Ben and May had placed on him in life and would betray them in another fashion.

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