So That's Why Batman Doesn't Kill The Joker!
There's been a few times when Philosophy has coincided with comics. Now there could be some academic substance behind it?
When I was studying Philosophy, I always tried to relate it back to comic books. Especially Nietzsche's idea of the Übermensch (Superman?). I did a whole project on the idea that Superman might have been influenced by Nietzsche. Anyhow, I was surfing the web and I stumbled upon an article that you may or may not have seen.
Here's an extract:
"For years, fans of the Batman comics have puzzled over a mystery at the heart of the series: why doesn't Batman just kill his arch-nemesis, the murderous Joker?
The two have engaged in a prolonged game of cat-and-mouse. The Joker commits a crime, Batman catches him, the Joker is locked up, and then invariably escapes.
Wouldn't all this be much simpler if Batman just killed the Joker? What's stopping him?
Enter philosopher Immanuel Kant and the deontological theory of ethics.
At least, that's how the discussion progresses in a growing number of philosophy classes in the US."
I wish I was taught like! Teaching in terms that you are familiar with and that you can relate too is an awesome tool for knowledge. I think this definitely would get students a lot more interested in Philosophy!
Click on the source link to read the rest (if you can be bothered). It's really cool and interesting at the same time. Enjoy.
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