“The best superhero comics, in addition to being tremendously entertaining, introduce and treat in vivid ways some of the most interesting and important questions facing all human beings—questions regarding ethics, personal and social responsibility, justice, crime and punishment, the mind and human emotions, personal identity, the soul, the notion of destiny, the meaning of our lives, how we think about science and nature, the role of faith in the rough and tumble of this world, the importance of friendship, what love really means, the nature of a family, the classic virtues like courage, and many other important issues. It’s about time that, in particular, the best comic books got their due and were more widely recognized for their innovative and intriguing ways of raising and wrestling with these pressing human concerns. …
The contributors to this volume appreciate the power of the superheroes both to delight us and to make us think. You’ll find in these pages some provocative essays by some of the brightest comic book fans to be found in the halls of academia and some striking contributions by some of the best thinkers to be found in the world of comic books. Philosophy professors, great comic-book editors, insightful superhero writers, historians, and fans have come together in this book to wrestle with some of the most pressing issues raised in the pages of the superhero comic books as well as in their recent films. We hope that these forays into superhero philosophy will contribute to your own reflections as you enjoy the escapades of these remarkable men and women in their bright tights and wild fights, often at great heights.”
~ Tom V. Morris & Matt Morris from Superheroes and Philosophy
Tom Morris is one of my favorite modern philosophers.
He has a dual Ph.D. from Yale in both Philosophy and Religious Studies. He also taught at Notre Dame for 15 years before becoming one of the most sought-after practical philosophers.
We’ve featured two of his other books in which he brings ancient wisdom to our modern lives: True Success and The Art of Achievement. (He’s also the philosopher behind Philosophy for Dummies and wrote If Aristotle Ran General Motors and If Harry Potter Ran General Electric.)
I got this book after he and I had an electric chat about Optimize 2020 and the role of The Modern Hero. It’s a collection of essays written by some of the smartest and wisest academic philosophers out there. Tom edited it with his son, Matt—which makes me think of *another* book we’ve featured on the wisdom of superheroes written by a dynamic father-son duo: Deepak Chopra and his son Gotham who wrote The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes.
I loved diving into some of the deeper philosophical questions inherent to our modern superhero tales. If that sounds like fun, I’ll think you’ll enjoy it as well. (Get a copy of the book here.)
Of course, the book is packed with Big Ideas so, KABAM! Let’s throw on our spandex tights and capes and jump straight in.
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