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Philosophy Through Popular Culture: Comics and Graphic Novels

A guide to publications using popular culture as a vehicle for philosophy.

Life in the Bat Cave: Philosophy in Comics and Graphic Novels

Dryden, Jane, and Mark D. White, eds. Green Lantern and Philosophy: No Evil Shall Escape This Book. PN6728 G74 G739 2011.

Durand, Kevin K., and Mary K. Leigh, eds. Riddle Me This, Batman! Essays on the Universe of the Dark Knight. PN6728 B363 R53 2011.

Dyer, Ben, ed. Supervillains and Philosophy: Sometimes, Evil Is Its Own Reward. PN6712 S87 2009.

Greene, Richard, and Rachel Robison-Greene, eds. Peanuts and Philosophy: You're a Wise Man, Charlie Brown! PN6728 P4 P436 2017.

Heit, Jamey. Imagination and Meaning in Calvin and Hobbes. PN6728 C34 H45 2012.

McLaughlin, Jeff. Comics as Philosophy. PN6712 C58 2005.

McLaughlin, Jeff, ed. Graphic Novels as Philosophy. PN6712 G69 2017.

Michaud, Nicolas, ed. Batman, Superman, and Philosophy: Badass or Boyscout? PN1995.9 S76 B38 2016. Also available electronically HERE

Michaud, Nicolas, and Jacob Thomas May, eds. Deadpool and Philosophy: My Common Sense is Tingling. PN6728 D3574 D43 2017.

Morris, Tom, and Matt Morris, eds. Superheroes and Philosophy: Truth, Justice, and the Socratic Way. PN6712 S86 2005.

Sanford, Jonathan J., ed. Spider-Man and Philosphy: The Web of Inquiry. PN6728 S6 S65 2012.

Shook, John R., and Liz Stillwaggon Swan, eds. Transformers and Philososphy: More Than Meets the Mind. 2009.

Steiff, Josef, and Adam Barkman, eds. Manga and Philosophy: Fullmetal Metaphysician. PN6790 J3 M36 2010.

White, Mark D., ed. Superman and Philosophy: What Would the Man of Steel Do? PN6728 S9 S866 2013.

White, Mark D., ed. Watchmen and Philosophy: A Rorschach Test. 2009.

White, Mark D., and Robert Arp, eds. Batman and Philosophy: The Dark Knight of the Soul. PN6728 B36 B376 2008.

Yuen, Wayne, ed. The Ultimate Waling Dead and Philosophy: Hungry for More. PN6727 K586 U475 2016.



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