The Justice League Of Philosophy

Posted by August 12, 2010 Comment

So superhero philosophy now seems to be a recognised unversity endeavour. But how might certain superheroes – and their nemesis – embody such philisophical thoughts?

Here’s ten for a Thursday. Please feel free to add your own.

Superman – Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another. (Plato)

Darkseid – Death may be the greatest of all human blessings (Socrates)

Batman – To understand a name you must be acquainted with the particular of which it is a name. (Russell)

Beast Boy – If man makes himself a worm he must not complain when he is trodden on. (Kant)

Doctor Doom – The life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster. (Hume)

Mister Fantastic – Curiosity is the lust of the mind. (Hobbes)

Storm – Mere goodness can achieve little against the power of nature (Hegel)

Cable – It is easier for a tutor to command than to teach (Locke)

Black Canary – Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death. (Rousseau)

Lex Luthor – It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself. (Epicurus)

Care to suggest some more?

Image from Mark Stivers.

(Last Updated August 12, 2010 10:27 am )