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Heroes and Philosophy: Buy the Book, Save the World (The Blackwell…

by David K. Johnson

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Yet another book in the Blackwell PHilosophy and Pop Culture Series. I always enjoy them.

In this book, various philosophers look at the Heroes series of TV shows, books and webisodes, and explain different topics of philosophy using the actions and behaviors of the characters we're familiar with.

I enjoyed this one a little more than some of the others. It didn't spend as much time looking at the show and a little more on the philosophical topics. The other style is more useful when the reader isn't as familiar with the topic, so someone unfamiliar with the Heroes characters may not get as much out of it. ( )
  Nodosaurus | Feb 8, 2019 |
A collection of essays by various experts that adds some good insights into the characters and why they behave the way they do according to social theorists and philosophers from ancient Greece to modern day. Be aware though that the "philosophy" in the title often extends into "psychology" and "ethics" and I think far too much even into simple "science" such as biology, physics, and chemistry (and especially relating to time-travel), which have nothing to do with philosophy and should have been added to a collection of essays on the science of superpowers. If you are a fan of Heroes though, it stays focused on the characters and is in the end satisfying. ( )
  cjyurkanin | May 22, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0470373385, Paperback)

The first unauthorized look at the philosophy behind Heroes, one of TV's most popular shows

When ordinary individuals from around the world inexplicably develop superhuman abilities, they question who they are, struggle to cope with new responsibilities, and decide whether to use their new power for good or for evil. Every episode of Tim Kring's hit TV show Heroes is a philosophical quandary. Heroes and Philosophy is the first book to analyze how philosophy makes this show so compelling. It lets you examine questions crucial to our existence as thinking, rational beings. Is the Company evil, or good? Does Hiro really have a destiny? Do we? Is it okay to lie in order to hide your powers or save the world? Heroes and Philosophy offers answers to these and other intriguing questions.Brings the insight of history's philosophical heavyweights such as Plato and Nietzche to Heroes characters and settingsAdds a fun and fascinating dimension to your understanding of the showExpands your thinking about Heroes as the series expands from graphic and text novels to action figures and a video game

Whether you're new to Heroes or have been a fan since day one, this book will take your enjoyment of the show to the next level.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:06 -0400)

The first unauthorized look at the philosophy behind Heroes, one of TV's most popular shows. When ordinary individuals from around the world inexplicably develop superhuman abilities, they question who they are, struggle to cope with new responsibilities, and decide whether to use their new power for good or for evil. Every episode of Tim Kring's hit TV show Heroes is a philosophical quandary. Heroes and Philosophy is the first book to analyze how philosophy makes this show so compellin.… (more)

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