Doctor Strange and PhilosophyThe Other Book of Forbidden Knowledge
The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series 1. Aufl.
Explore the mind and world of the brilliant neurosurgeon-turned-Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Stephen Strange Essays from two-dozen philosophers illuminate how essential philosophical concepts, including existentialism, epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics, combine to make Doctor Strange one of the most complex characters in the Marvel Universe, and a welcome addition to the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture stable of superheroes.
Contributors: The Philosophers Supreme viii Acknowledgments: By the Glorious Grandiloquence of Gratitude! xiv Introduction: Opening the Book of the Vishanti 1 Part I “You’re Just Another Tiny, Momentary Speck within an Indifferent Universe” 3 1 Bargaining with Eternity and Numbering One’s Days: Medicine, Nietzsche, and Doctor Strange 5George A. Dunn 2 Death Gives Meaning to Life: Martin Heidegger Meets Stephen Strange 17Sander H. Lee 3 “Time Will Tell How Much I Love You”: A Nietzschean Übermensch’s Issues with Love and Friendship 25Skye C. Cleary 4 Existentialism, Nihilism, and the Meaning of Life for Doctor Strange 35Paul DiGeorgio Part II “Forget Everything That You Think You Know” 47 5 “Through an Orb Darkly”: Doctor Strange and the Journey to Knowledge 49Armond Boudreaux 6 Forbidden Knowledge and Strange Virtues: It’s Not What You Know, It’s How You Know It 60Tuomas W. Manninen 7 Doctor Strange, Socratic Hero? 68Chad William Timm 8 Are We All “Looking at the World Through a Keyhole”? Knowledge, Ignorance, and Bias 78Carina Pape 9 Stephen Strange vs. Ayn Rand: A Doesn’t Always Equal A 88Edwardo Pérez Part III “Reality Is One of Many” 99 10 Astral Bodies and Cartesian Souls: Mind?Body Dualism in Doctor Strange 101Dean A. Kowalski 11 Scientists, Metaphysicians, and Sorcerers Supreme 111Sarah K. Donovan and Nicholas Richardson 12 “This Is Time”: Setting Time in Doctor Strange by Henri Bergson’s Clock 125Corey Latta Part IV “A Man Looking at the World Through a Keyhole” 137 13 A Strange Case of a Paradigm Shift 139Brendan Shea 14 Doctor Strange, the Multiverse, and the Measurement Problem 151Philipp Berghofer 15 The Strange World of Paradox: Science and Belief in Kamar?Taj 164Matthew William Brake Part V “It’s Not About You” 175 16 The Otherworldly Burden of Being the Sorcerer Supreme 177Mark D. White 17 The Ancient One and the Problem of Dirty Hands 191Michael Lyons 18 They Also Serve Who Only Stand and Wong 197Daniel P. Malloy 19 Doctor Strange, Master of the Medical and Martial Arts 207Bruce Wright and E. Paul Zehr Part VI “I’ve Come to Bargain” 217 20 Is Dormammu Evil?: St. Augustine and the Dark Dimension 219Andrew T. Vink 21 Doctor Strange and Leo Tolstoy: Brothers in Nonviolence? 228Konstantin Pavliouts 22 Doctor Strange, Moral Responsibility, and the God Question 238Christopher P. Klofft The Index of the All-Seeing Eye of Agamotto 250
Mark D. White is the chair of the Department of Philosophy at the College of Staten Island/CUNY, where he teaches courses in philosophy, economics, and law. He is editor or co-editor of eight books in the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series, including Batman and Philosophy (Wiley Blackwell, 2008, with Robert Arp), and is the author of The Virtues of Captain America (Wiley Blackwell, 2014). He has also written, edited, and co-edited a number of academic books in philosophy, economics, and law, and has authored over 60 articles and book chapters in these areas. He can be found on Twitter as @profmdwhite.
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