White, Mark D. (Hg.): The Avengers and Philosophy. Earth’s Mightiest Thinkers. (Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture.) Hoboken: Wiley, 2012. (240 S.)
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.[list][*] 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.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Earth’s Mightiest Philosophers
I. What Would an Avenger Do?
1. Mark D. White: Superhuman Ethics Class with the Avengers Prime
2. Sarah Donovan and Nick Richardson: Shining the Light on the Dart Avengers
3. Jason Southworth and Ruth Tallman: The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Family
II. Who Is an Avenger?
4. Stephen Nelson: Superhero Identity: Case Studies in the Avengers
5. Roy T. Cook: I am Made of Ink: She-Hulk and Metacomics
6. Robert Powell: The Self-Corruption of Norman Osborne: A Cautionary Tale
III. Should the Avengers Do More Than Avenge?
7. Daniel P. Malloy: Forgivers Assemble!
8. Tony Spanakos: God, Beasts, and Political Animals: Why The Avengers Assemble
9. Andrew Terjesen: Cap’s Kooky Quartet: Is Rehabilitation Possible?
IV. Do the Avengers Ever Go Too Fat?
10. Christopher Robichaud: Fighting the Good Fight: Military Ethics and the Kree-Skrull War
11. Louis P. Melançon: Secrets and Lies: Compromising the Avengers’ Values for the Good of the World
12. Arno Bogaerts: The Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Problem with Proactive Superheroics
V. What Kind of World Do the Avengers Live In?
13. Andrew Zimmerman Jones: Can Kang Kill His Past Self? The Paradox of Time Travel
14. Adam Barkman: “No Other Gods Before Me”: God, Ontology, and Ethics in the Avengers’ Universe
15. Charles Klayman: Love Avengers Style: Can an Android Love a Human?
16. Mark D. White: The Way of the Arrow: Hawkeye Meets the Taoist Masters
Appendix: Why Are There Four Volumes of Avengers?
Contributors: Avengers Academy
Index: From Jarvis Secret Files