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Green Lantern and Philosophy: No Evil Shall Escape this Book

William Irwin (Series Editor), Jane Dryden (Editor), Mark D. White (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-57557-4
304 pages
May 2011
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The first look at the philosophy behind the Green Lantern comics—timed for the release of the Green Lantern movie in June 2011

The most recent Green Lantern series—Blackest Night—propelled GL to be the top-selling comic series for more than a year, the latest twist in seven decades of Green Lantern adventures. This book sheds light on the deep philosophical issues that emerge from the Green Lantern Corps's stories and characters, from what Plato's tale of the Ring of Gyges tells us about the Green Lantern ring and the desire for power to whether willpower is the most important strength to who is the greatest Green Lantern of all time.

  • Gives you a new perspective on Green Lantern characters, story lines, and themes
  • Shows what philosophical heavy hitters such as Aristotle, Descartes, and Kant can teach us about members of the Green Lantern Corp and their world
  • Answers your most pressing Green Lantern questions, including: What motivates Hal Jordan to be a Green Lantern? Does the Blackest Night force us to confront old male/female stereotypes? What is the basis for moral judgment in the Green Lantern Corps? Is Hal Jordan a murderer?

Whether you're a new fan or an elder from Oa, Green Lantern and Philosophy is a must-have companion.

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: No Gratitude Shall Escape.

Our Sight.

INTRODUCTION: Welcome to the Corps!

Part One Will and Emotion: The Philosophical Spectrum.

1The Blackest Night for Aristotle’s Account of Emotions (Jason Southworth).

2 Flexing the Mental Muscle: Green Lanterns and the Nature of Willpower (Mark D. White).

3 Women Are from Zamaron, Men Are from Oa (Sarah K. Donovan and Nicholas P. Richardson).

Part Two Emerald Ethics: It’s Not All Black and White.

4 Will They Let Just Anybody Join? Testing for Moral Judgment in Green Lantern Corps (Andrew Terjesen).

5 The Greatest Green Lantern: Aesthetic Admiration and the Praiseworthy Hero (Jane Dryden).

6 There Should Be No Forgiveness for Hal Jordan (Nicolas Michaud).

7 Morality, Atonement, and Guilt: Hal Jordan’s Shifting Motivations (Joseph J. Darowski).

Part Three I’m with Green Lantern: Friends and Relationships.

8 Hard-Traveling Ethics: Moral Rationalism vs. Moral Sentimentalism (Andrew Terjesen).

9. “I Despise Messiness”: The Plato-Aristotle Debate in the Troubled Friendship of Green Lantern and Green Arrow (Brett Chandler Patterson).

10 Can’t Live With ‘Em, Can’t Live Without ‘Em: Green Lantern, Relationships, and Autonomy (Jane Dryden).

Part 4. With This Ring, I Thee Swear: Power, Duty, and Law.

11 The Oaths of Soranik Natu: Can a Doctor Be a Green Lantern? (Ruth Tallman and Jason Southworth).

12 Crying for Justice: Retributivism for Those Who Worship Evil’s Might (Mark D. White).

13 Hate Crimes as Terrorism in Brother’s Keeper (Ron Novy).

14 Ring of Gyges, the Ring of the Green Lantern, and the Temptation of Power (Adam Barkman).

Part Five Don’t Tell Krona: Metaphysics, Mind and Time.

15 All For One and One For All: Mogo, the Collective, and Biological Unity (Leonard Finkelman).

16 Green Mind: The Book of Oa, the Lantern Corps, and Peirce’s Theory of Communal Mind (Paul R. Jaissle).

17 Shedding an Emerald Light on Destiny: The problem with Time Travel (Amy Kind).

Part Six Can Green Lantern Make a Boxing Glove He Can’s Lift? Powers and Limitations.

18. Another Glove? Green Lantern and the Limits of Imagination (Daniel P. Malloy).

19. “Beware my Power”: Leibniz and Green Lantern on God, Omnipotence, and Evil (Carsten Fogh Nielsen).

20. Magic and Science in the Green Lantern Mythos: Clarke’s Law, the Starheart, and Emotional Energy (Andrew Zimmerman Jones).

CONTRIBUTORS: Tales of the Philosophy Corps.

INDEX: The Book of Oa.

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Jane Dryden is an assistant professor of philosophy at Mount Allison University.

Mark D. White is a professor in the Department of Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. He coedited Batman and Philosophy and edited Watchmen and Philosophy and Iron Man and Philosophy.

William Irwin is a professor of philosophy at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. 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 Mad Men and Philosophy.

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June 28, 2011
GREEN LANTERN AND PHILOSOPHY: No Evil Shall Escape this Book

The most recent Green Lantern series—Blackest Night—propelled GL to be the top-selling comic series for more than a year, the latest twist in seven decades of Green Lantern adventures. This book sheds light on the deep philosophical issues that emerge from the Green Lantern Corps's stories and characters, from what Plato's tale of the Ring of Gyges tells us about the Green Lantern ring and the desire for power to whether willpower is the most important strength to who is the greatest Green Lantern of all time.

  • Gives you a new perspective on Green Lantern characters, story lines, and themes
  • Shows what philosophical heavy hitters such as Aristotle, Descartes, and Kant can teach us about members of the Green Lantern Corp and their world
  • Answers your most pressing Green Lantern questions, including: What motivates Hal Jordan to be a Green Lantern? Does the Blackest Night force us to confront old male/female stereotypes? What is the basis for moral judgment in the Green Lantern Corps? Is Hal Jordan a murderer?

Whether you're a new fan or an elder from Oa, Green Lantern and Philosophy (Wiley; Paperback; $17.95;  978-0-470-57557-4; May 2011)  is a must-have companion.

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