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X-Men and Philosophy: Astonishing Insight and Uncanny Argument in the Mutant X-Verse

William Irwin (Editor), Rebecca Housel (Editor), J. Jeremy Wisnewski (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-41340-1
272 pages
March 2009
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X-Men is one of the most popular comic book franchises ever, with successful spin-offs that include several feature films, cartoon series, bestselling video games, and merchandise. This is the first look at the deeper issues of the X-Men universe and the choices facing its powerful "mutants," such as identity, human ethics versus mutant morality, and self-sacrifice.

J. Jeremy Wisnewski (Oneonta, NY) is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Hartwick College and the editor of Family Guy and Philosophy (978-1-4051-6316-3) and The Office and Philosophy (978-1-4051-7555-5). Rebecca Housel (Rochester, NY) is a professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, where she teaches about writing and pop culture. For William Irwin's biography, please see below.

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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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