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X-Men and Philosophy


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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: Superheroic Thanks to X-tra Special Humans and Mutants Alike! xi Introduction: You Are About to Embark on an X-perience with ?the Strangest Heroes of All? 1 X1: ORIGINS THE X-FACTOR IN THE EXISTENTIAL 1. The Lure of the Normal: Who Wouldn?t Want to Be a Mutant? 5 Patrick D. Hopkins 2. Amnesia, Personal Identity, and the Many Lives of Wolverine 17 Jason Southworth 3. Is Suicide Always Immoral? Jean Grey, Immanuel Kant, and The Dark Phoenix Saga 27 Mark D. White 4. X-istential X-Men: Jews, Supermen, and the Literature of Struggle 38 Jesse Kavadlo X2: EVOLUTION CONSCIOUSNESS, CONSCIENCE, AND CURE 5. Mad Genetics: The Sinister Side of Biological Mastery 53 Andrew Burnett 6. Layla Miller Knows Stuff: How a Butterfly Can Shoulder the World 66 George A. Dunn 7. X-Women and X-istence 85 Rebecca Housel 8. Mutant Rights, Torture, and X-perimentation 99 Cynthia McWilliams 9. When You Know You?re Just a Comic Book Character: Deadpool 107 Joseph J. Darowski X3: UNITED HUMAN ETHICS AND MUTANT MORALITY IN THE X-VERSE 10. Magneto, Mutation, and Morality 125 Richard Davis 11. Professor X Wants You 140 Christopher Robichaud 12. Dirty Hands and Dirty Minds: The Ethics of Mind Reading and Mindwriting 153 Andrew Terjesen 13. The Mutant Cure or Social Change: Debating Disability 170 Ramona Ilea 14. Mutants and the Metaphysics of Race 183 Jeremy Pierce X4: TH E LAST STAND WAR, TECHNOLOGY, DEATH, AND MUTANTKIND 15. Mutant Phenomenology 197 J. Jeremy Wisnewski 16. War and Peace, Power and Faith 209 Katherine E. Kirby 17. High-Tech Mythology in X-Men 223 George Teschner CONTRIBUTORS: And Now, We?d Like to Introduce the X-Perts: Ladies and Gentlemen, the Amazing, Astonishing, Uncanny, Ultimate Authors from Xavier?s School for Gifted Philosophers! 236 INDEX 241

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Rebecca Housel is a professor of pop culture, creative writing, and medical humanities at Rochester Institute of Technology and contributed to Monty Python and Philosophy. J. JEREMY WISNEWSKI is an assistant professor of philosophy at Hartwick College and the editor of Family Guy and Philosophy and The Office and Philosophy. William Irwin is a professor of philosophy at King's College. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles, including Batman and Philosophy, House and Philosophy, and Watchmen and Philosophy.

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