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Superhero Thought Experiments

Superheroes; Comic Books

Nathaniel Goldberg (Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Washington and Lee University)

January 5, 2022

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 devices should be shared with students of all ages.


Philosophy / Education Studies / Superheroes / Comic Books /


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