Watchmen and Philosophy : A Rorschach Test Paperback
Edited by William Irwin, Mark D. White
Part of the The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series series
Alan Moore's Watchmen is set in 1985 and chronicles the alternative history of the United States where the US edges dangerously closer to nuclear war with the Soviet Union.
Within this world exists a group of crime busters, who don elaborate costumes to conceal their identity and fight crime, and an intricate plot to kill and discredit these "superheroes." Alan Moore's Watchmen popularized the graphic novel format, has been named one of Time magazine's top 100 novels, and is now being made into a highly anticipated movie adaptation.
This latest book in the popular Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series peers into Moore's deeply philosophical work to parse and deconstruct the ethical issues raised by Watchmen's costumed adventurers, their actions, and their world.
From nuclear destruction to utopia, from governmental authority to human morality and social responsibility, it answers questions fans have had for years about Watchmen's ethical quandaries, themes, and characters.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
- Publication Date: 02/01/2009
- Category: Comic book & cartoon art
- ISBN: 9780470396858
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Review by mcandre
The Philosophy and Pop Culture Series is a great idea, but I'm sick and tired of Utilitarianism vs Kantianism text analysis. Either there's more going on in our favorite stories, or we've been reading the same damn story over and over.