By Robert Arp, Mark D. White
• Why doesn't Batman simply kill the Joker and finish everyone's misery?
• will 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 complicated characters ever to seem in comedian books, photo novels, and at the significant display. What philosophical trials does this superhero confront so that it will hold Gotham secure? Combing via seventy years of comedian books, tv exhibits, and flicks, Batman and Philosophy explores how the darkish Knight grapples with moral conundrums, ethical accountability, his id difficulty, the ethical weight he incorporates 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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Sometimes Heroes Fail But how could Robin have been saved? In the end, sometimes moral character will escape us no matter how good our intentions, or those of our teachers. 10 While the deontologists’ rules and the consequentialists’ emphasis on outcomes can help us make moral choices, they make it seem as though morality was simply a matter of making the right choices. Sometimes, virtue ethics admits, even the best intentions are incapable of producing a morally good outcome because of the multitude of constraints upon the development of character.
Also, apart from his butler, Alfred, he lives a solitary life. Of course, he works well with Commissioner Gordon, the various Robins, Catwoman, and others, but he seems to shy away from any interaction that does not focus on ﬁghting crime. In particular, despite ﬂirtations and temporary dalliances with Catwoman (both in and out of disguise), he never makes a life with her. Batman’s hatred of evildoers in part explains why more generally he jeopardizes his chance at loving relationships with the various beautiful women in his life.
And without being the world’s greatest detectives (or philosophers), we’ll have to leave it at that! NOTES 1. See Barbara Greenleaf ’s Children through the Ages: A History of Childhood (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1978). 2. See Kant’s Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals , translated by James W. , 1993). Kant gives almost this exact example in his essay On a Supposed Right to Lie from Philanthropic Concerns (1799), where he said that you could not lie to a murderer who asked you the location of his intended victim (who is hiding in your house).