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By Robert Arp, Mark D. White

• Why doesn't Batman simply kill the Joker and finish everyone's misery?
• do we carry the Joker morally chargeable for his actions?
• Is Batman greater than Superman?
• If every body Batman's instance, might Gotham be a greater place?
• what's the Tao of the Bat?

Batman is among the most intricate characters ever to seem in comedian books, photo novels, and at the tremendous monitor. What philosophical trials does this superhero confront so as to continue Gotham secure? Combing via seventy years of comedian books, tv indicates, and films, Batman and Philosophy explores how the darkish Knight grapples with moral conundrums, ethical accountability, his id difficulty, the ethical weight he consists of to avenge his murdered mom and dad, and lots more and plenty extra. How does this caped crusader degree up opposed to the lessons of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Kierkegaard, and Lao Tzu?

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3 Yet in a surreal move, the president issues an executive order—followed by congressional approval—that the city must be cut off from the rest of the country, because the damage is too great and too costly. The federal government gives a forty-eight-hour deadline for the people to evacuate the city and then, in a drastic move, blows the other bridges and surrounds the city with blockades and troops. ” In our world, Hurricane Katrina’s storm surge and the subsequent flooding were the undoing of New Orleans in 2005.

When Batman finally appears, over three months into the city’s isolation, he finds that he must rebuild the mythology that he uses to intimidate criminals and that he must adjust his tactics to the new environment. Eventually he learns to work within the system of gangs, acknowledging that the people feel lost without loyalty to a leader (a sovereign) who can protect them and help distribute goods justly. indd 51 4/24/08 3:03:40 PM 52 B R E T T C H A N D L E R P AT T E R S O N one. He also permits various Arkham residents, like Penguin and Poison Ivy, to maintain roles in the new order similar to the roles they chose for themselves (upon their escape from Arkham), as long as they contribute to the greater good of the city.

Detective Flass in Batman: Year One is a former Green Beret who uses his training and size to brutalize men who are doing nothing more than hanging out on a street corner. Flass and fellow officers actually beat James Gordon for not taking bribes or tolerating a dirty police force. Gordon later gives Flass a bat to make the fight more even and severely beats him, stopping just short of sending him to the hospital. He then leaves Flass bound and naked, which sends Flass and the other dirty cops a clear message.

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