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Spider-Man and Philosophy: The Web of Inquiry

Narrated by: Alan Marriott
Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Untangle the complex web of philosophical dilemmas of Spidey and his world - in time for the release of The Amazing Spider-Man movie.

Since Stan Lee and Marvel introduced Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy 15 in 1962, everyone's favorite webslinger has had a long career in comics, graphic novels, cartoons, movies, and even on Broadway. In this book some of history's most powerful philosophers help us explore the enduring questions and issues surrounding this beloved superhero: Is Peter Parker to blame for the death of his uncle? Does great power really bring great responsibility? Can Spidey champion justice and be with Mary Jane at the same time?

Finding your way through this web of inquiry, you'll discover answers to these and many other thought-provoking questions. This book:

  • Gives you a fresh perspective and insights on Peter Parker and Spider-Man's story lines and ideas
  • Examines important philosophical issues and questions, such as: What is it to live a good life? Do our particular talents come with obligations? What role should friendship play in life? Is there any meaning to life?
  • Views Spider-Man through the lens of some of history's most influential thinkers, from Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, and Immanuel Kant to Nietszche, William James, Ayn Rand, and Alasdair MacIntyre

©2012 John Wiley and Sons (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Great read

A must for the thinkers and Spidey fans, who have just discovered him or have been long time followers. Excelsior

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Pass on this one

It’s straight up boring. I don’t know if it’s the material or the announcer but it’s dry. I’m only continuing to listen to it now cause I’m on Chapter 6 and I’m hoping it gets better. I don’t want to return it since I’m already this far into it.

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Too much movies

I liked the analysis on the comics, however way too much of the analysis was based on Rami's Spider-Man trilogy, and especially so with Spider-Man 3 (which is a horrible adaptation in my opinion). I wish more of the analysis was based on the comics as well as the cartoon series (especially 90's and Spectacular Spider-Man).

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