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The first look at the philosophy behind the Green Lantern comics?timed for the release of the Green Lantern movie in June 2011The most recent Green Lantern series?the Blackest Night?propelled GL to be the top-selling comic series for more than a year, the latest twist in seven decades of Green Lantern adventures. This book sheds light on the deep philosophical issues that emerge from the Green Lantern Corp's stories and characters, from what Plato's tale of the Ring of Gyges tells us about the Green Lantern ring and the desire for power to whether willpower is the most important strength to who is the greatest Green Lantern of all time. Gives you a new perspective on Green Lantern characters, story lines, and themes Shows what philosophical heavy hitters such as Aristotle, Descartes, and Kant can teach us about members of the Green Lantern Corp and their world Answers your most pressing Green Lantern questions, including: What motivates Hal Jordan to be a Green Lantern? Does the Blackest Night force us to confront old male/female stereotypes? What is the basis for moral judgment in the Green Lantern Corp? Is Hal Jordan a murderer?Whether you're a new fan or an elder from Oa, Green Lantern and Philosophy is a must-have companion.
Jane Dryden is an assistant professor of philosophy at Mount Allison University. Mark D. White is a professor in the Department of Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. He coedited Batman and Philosophy and edited Watchmen and Philosophy and Iron Man and Philosophy. William Irwin is a professor of philosophy at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles including Batman and Philosophy, House and Philosophy, and Mad Men and Philosophy.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments: No Gratitude Shall Escape Our Sight
Introduction: Welcome to the Corps!
Will and Emotion: The Philosophical Spectrum
The Blackset Night for Aristotle's Account of Emotions
Flexing the Mental Muscle: Green Lanterns and the Nature of Willpower
Women Are from Zamoran, Men Are from Oa
Emerald Ethics: It's not all Balck and White
Will They Let Just Anybody Join?: Testing for Moral Judgment in the Green Lantern Corps
The Greatest Green Lantern: Aesthetic Admiration and the Praiseworthy Hero
There Should Be No Forgiveness for Hal Jordan
Morality, Atonement, and Guilt: Hal Jordan's Shifting Motivations
I'm with Green Lantern: Friends and Relationships
Hard-Traveling Ethics: Moral Rationalism Versus Moral Sentimentalism
"I Despise Messiness": The Plato-Aristotle Debate in the Troubled Friendship of Green Lantern and Green Arrow
Can't Live with 'Em, Can't Live without 'Em: Green Lantern, Relationship, and Autonomy
With this Ring, I do Swear: Power, Duty, and Law
The Oaths of Soranik Natu: Can a Doctor Be a Green Lantern
Crying for Justice: Retributivism for Those Who Worship Evil's Might
Hate Crimes as Terrorism in Borther's Keeper
The Ring of Gyges, the Ring of the Green Lantern, and the Temptation of Power
Don't Tell Krona: Metaphysics, Mind and Time
All for One and One for All: Mogo, the Collective, and Biological Unity
Green Mind: The Book of Oa, the Lantern Corps, and Peirce's Theory of Communal Mind
Shedding an Emerald Light on Destiny: The Problems with Time Travel
Can Green Lantern make a Boxing Glove he can't Lift?: Powers and Limitations
Another Boxing Glove?: Green Lantern and the Limits of Imagination
"Beware My Power": Leibniz and Green Lantern on God, Omnipotence, and Evil
Magic and Science in the Green Lantern Mythos: Clarke's Law, the Starheart, and Emotional Energy
Contributors: Tales of the Philosophy Corps
Index: The Book of Oa
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