Watchmen and Philosophy: A Rorschach Test (The Blackwell by Mark D. White

By Mark D. White

Alan Moore's Watchmen is determined in 1985 and chronicles the choice heritage of the USA the place the united states edges dangerously toward nuclear conflict with the Soviet Union. inside of this global exists a gaggle of crime busters, who don difficult costumes to hide their identification and struggle crime, and an problematic plot to kill and discredit those "superheroes."

Alan Moore's Watchmen popularized the photo novel layout, has been named one in all Time magazine's best a hundred novels, and is now being made right into a hugely expected motion picture variation. This newest booklet within the well known Blackwell Philosophy and dad tradition sequence friends into Moore's deeply philosophical paintings to parse and deconstruct the moral matters raised by way of Watchmen's costumed adventurers, their activities, and their international. From nuclear destruction to utopia, from governmental authority to human morality and social accountability, it solutions questions fanatics have had for years approximately Watchmen's moral quandaries, topics, and characters.

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11 We can’t literally make a victim or society whole in the sense of restoring them to the state they were in before the crime occurred, but through punishment we can reaffirm the values that were transgressed and make the criminal feel the wrong he committed. This is the true sense of retribution, “to pay back,” to even the scales put askew by an act of criminal wrongdoing. We must punish because we value one another and society, because we respect the inherent dignity in each of us and wish to reaffirm these values on which our lives and society are, or ought to be, based.

Without God to impose meaning from the outside, we must create this meaning for ourselves. But if this meaning is to be powerful enough to sustain a life, it can come only from a commitment of our whole selves to a project. ”17 Is this so? Could you or I become an Übermensch? Or does it take a very special kind of person? ”18 But perhaps it is a goal worth aspiring to. Who Watches the Übermensch? We now have a rough idea of what Nietzsche meant by the Übermensch and why he considered the concept so important.

16. For a good account of lex talionis and its role in honor cultures, see William Ian Miller, Eye for an Eye (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006). 17. Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, p. 236. 18. Immanuel Kant, Lectures on Ethics, ed. Peter Heath and J. B. Schneewind, trans. Peter Heath (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1997), p. 373. 19. Much of the work on honor and Kant was inspired by a paper by Benjamin S. Yost, “Kant’s Justification of the Death Penalty Reconsidered,” given at the American Philosophical Association’s Central Division Meeting, April 2008.

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