By Mark D. White
Why does not Batman simply kill the Joker and finish everyone's misery?
Can we carry the Joker morally accountable for his actions?
Is Batman larger than Superman?
If each person Batman's example,
would Gotham be a greater place?
What is the Tao of the Bat?
Batman is among the most complicated characters ever to seem in comedian books, photograph novels, and at the giant display. What philosophical trials does this superhero confront as a way to continue 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 obstacle, the ethical weight he incorporates to avenge his murdered mom and dad, and masses extra. How does this caped crusader degree up opposed to the lessons of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Kierkegaard, and Lao Tzu?
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3 Kant argues that if your maxim doesn’t “universalize” in this way, then it can’t be ethical, because everyone has to be able to live by the same moral rules that you do, and no one person can make exceptions for himself. ” This hardly seems universal, so maybe Kant would argue that it’s immoral to do this. indd 19 4/23/08 2:51:06 PM 20 J A M E S D I G I O VA N N A surely screech to a halt, but becoming a philosopher hardly seems immoral. “Become whatever makes you happy” or “Make use of your talents” would be more general and more easily universalized.
Their parallel stories are told in “Fear of Faith” (NML 1) and “Spiritual Currency” (NML 4). In the ﬁrst of these stories, Father Christian has turned the remains of his church into a refugee center, seeking to provide food, water, shelter, and some degree of safety to those staying there. He has refused to ally himself with anyone else, including the GCPD, which is using force in its efforts to reclaim the city. indd 48 4/24/08 3:03:39 PM N O MAN’S LAN D: S OCIAL OR D E R I N G OTHAM CITY 49 warnings from the Huntress.
In The Dark Knight Returns, we see that as a boy, Bruce insisted that any criminals in his bedtime reading were caught and punished. In another episode in that story, which may be merely a dream, young Bruce fell down into a hole where he was claimed by a giant bat that instilled hatred and ferocity in him. Without control over his hatred, Batman can’t be responsible for it, so we can distinguish the issue of whether Batman is virtuous from whether he is responsible for what makes him virtuous, his hatred of evil.