Superhero Thought Experiments: Comic Book Philosophy

Iowa City, IA, USA: University of Iowa (2019)
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What would happen if lightning struck a tree in a swamp and transformed it into The Swampman, or if saving billions of lives required sacrificing millions first? The first is a philosophical thought experiment devised by Donald Davidson, the second a theme from a comic written by Alan Moore. I argue that that comics can be read as containing thought experiments and that such philosophical devises should be shared with students of all ages.

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Nathaniel Goldberg
Washington and Lee University


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