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Watchmen and Philosophy: A Rorschach Test
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William Irwin Mark D. White
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Watchmen and Philosophy: A Rorschach Test

William Irwin Mark D. White



Fantasy » 19th Century;
Media » Media Reference;
Reference » Literary Criticism;
Science Fiction » Alternate History;
Science Fiction » Graphic Novels Sci Fi;
Science Fiction » Superpowers;
Science Fiction » Superheroes;
Science Fiction » Urban SF;
Media » Graphic Novels


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Alan Moore's Watchmen is set in 1985 and chronicles the alternative history of the United States where the US edges dangerously closer to nuclear war with the Soviet Union. Within this world exists a group of crime busters, who don elaborate costumes to conceal their identity and fight crime, and an intricate plot to kill and discredit these superheroes.

Alan Moore's Watchmen popularized the graphic novel format, has been named one of Time magazine's top 100 novels, and is now being made into a highly anticipated movie adaptation. This latest book in the popular Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series peers into Moore's deeply philosophical work to parse and deconstruct the ethical issues raised by Watchmen's costumed adventurers, their actions, and their world. From nuclear destruction to utopia, from governmental authority to human morality and social responsibility, it answers questions fans have had for years about Watchmen's ethical quandaries, themes, and characters.

Edited by:   William Irwin, Mark D. White
Imprint:   JOHN WILEY & SONS
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 227mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   332g
ISBN:   9780470396858
ISBN 10:   0470396857
Series:   Watchmen
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   January 2009
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: They Left It Entirely in My Hands ix Introduction: A Rorschach Test 1 PART ONE THE POLITICS OF POWER: WHO WATCHES THE WATCHMEN? 1 The Superman Exists, and He's American: Morality in the Face of Absolute Power 5 Christopher Robichaud 2 Can We Steer This Rudderless World? Kant, Rorschach, Retributivism, and Honor 19 Jacob M. Held 3 Super-Vigilantes and the Keene Act 33 Tony Spanakos 4 Superheroes and Supermen: Finding Nietzsche's UEbermensch in Watchmen 47 J. Keeping PART TWO THE VEIDT PLAN: WATCHMEN AND ETHICS 5 Means, Ends, and the Critique of Pure Superheroes 63 J. Robert Loftis 6 The Virtues of Nite Owl's Potbelly 79 Mark D. White 7 Rorschach: When Telling the Truth Is Wrong 91 Alex Nuttall PART THREE THE METAPHYSICS OF DR. MANHATTAN 8 Dr. Manhattan, I Presume? 103 James DiGiovanna 9 A Timely Encounter: Dr. Manhattan and Henri Bergson 115 Christopher M. Drohan 10 Free Will and Foreknowledge: Does Jon Really Know What Laurie Will Do Next, and Can She Do Otherwise? 125 Arthur Ward 11 I'm Just a Puppet Who Can See the Strings: Dr. Manhattan as a Stoic Sage 137 Andrew Terjesen PART FOUR THIS IS NOT YOUR FATHER'S COMIC BOOK 12 Why Don't You Go Read a Book or Something? Watchmen as Literature 157 Aaron Meskin 13 Watchwomen 173 Sarah Donovan and Nick Richardson 14 Hooded Justice and Captain Metropolis: The Ambiguously Gay Duo 185 Robert Arp 15 What's So Goddamned Funny? The Comedian and Rorschach on Life's Way 197 Taneli Kukkonen CONTRIBUTORS: Who Writes about the Watchmen? 215 INDEX: After the Masquerade 221

Mark D. White is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy at the College of Staten Island/CUNY and coeditor of Batman and Philosophy. William Irwin is a professor of philosophy at King's College. 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.

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