By Mark D. White
Why does not Batman simply kill the Joker and finish everyone's misery?Can we carry the Joker morally chargeable for his actions?Is Batman greater than Superman?If every person Batman's example,would Gotham be a greater place?What is the Tao of the Bat?Batman is likely one of the most intricate characters ever to seem in comedian books, picture novels, and at the monstrous monitor. What philosophical trials does this superhero confront with a purpose to retain Gotham secure? Combing via seventy years of comedian books, tv indicates, and flicks, Batman and Philosophy explores how the darkish Knight grapples with moral conundrums, ethical accountability, his identification 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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The analogy to soldiers is also mistaken in that it doesn't capture Batman's actual attitudes toward evildoers. He shows little appreciation for criminals and never expresses regret or remorse when foiling their plans, even when doing so involves serious violence. Criminals, unlike soldiers fighting for their countries, are not worthy of respect or admiration, but are BATMAN'S V I R T U O U S H AT R E D 35 wrongdoers who have earned contempt and hatred. So, I would argue that Batman does indeed hate criminals.
In this case (and others), Bannan seems to get immediate satisfaction from dominating and destroying the bad guys, although he never seems to get outright pleasure from it. What can explain this attitude? Well, Batman is plagued by nightmares and tortured memories of helplessly watch ing while his parents were murdered (for instance, in 1 992's 28 BATM A N ' S V I R T U O U S HAT R E D Blind Justice), 29 Also, apart from his butler, Alfred, he lives a solitary life, Of course, he works well with Commissioner Gordon, the various Robins, Catwoman, and others, but he seems to shy away from any interaction that does not focus on fighting crime.
Killer Croc, who is seeking Zsasz for killing a friend, grabs Zsasz before he can hurt the doctor, and then Batman finally arrives to scare Croc away and take Zsasz to Blackgate Prison. Since she had earlier reprimanded him for his tactics, Batman now apologizes to her for the violence that he uses. Thompkins makes an agreement with him that if he will work for peace in the city, she will help him work for peace in his heart. Both of these stories contrast greatly with the excessive violence, competition, and hatred expressed in the activity of the gangs and the power maneuvers of various Arkham escapees.
Batman and Philosophy: The Dark Knight of the Soul (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series) by Mark D. White