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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: They Left It Entirely in My Hands ix Introduction: A Rorschach Test 1 PART ONE THE POLITICS OF POWER: WHO WATCHES THE WATCHMEN? 1 The Superman Exists, and He's American: Morality in the Face of Absolute Power 5 Christopher Robichaud 2 Can We Steer This Rudderless World? Kant, Rorschach, Retributivism, and Honor 19 Jacob M. Held 3 Super-Vigilantes and the Keene Act 33 Tony Spanakos 4 Superheroes and Supermen: Finding Nietzsche's Übermensch in Watchmen 47 J. Keeping PART TWO THE VEIDT PLAN: WATCHMEN AND ETHICS 5 Means, Ends, and the Critique of Pure Superheroes 63 J. Robert Loftis 6 The Virtues of Nite Owl's Potbelly 79 Mark D. White 7 Rorschach: When Telling the Truth Is Wrong 91 Alex Nuttall PART THREE THE METAPHYSICS OF DR. MANHATTAN 8 Dr. Manhattan, I Presume? 103 James Di Giovanna 9 A Timely Encounter: Dr. Manhattan and Henri Bergson 115 Christopher M. Drohan 10 Free Will and Foreknowledge: Does Jon Really Know What Laurie Will Do Next, and Can She Do Otherwise? 125 Arthur Ward 11 I'm Just a Puppet Who Can See the Strings: Dr. Manhattan as a Stoic Sage 137 Andrew Terjesen PART FOUR THIS IS NOT YOUR FATHER'S COMIC BOOK 12 'Why Don't You Go Read a Book or Something?' Watchmen as Literature 157 Aaron Meskin 13 Watchwomen 173 Sarah Donovan and Nick Richardson 14 Hooded Justice and Captain Metropolis: The Ambiguously Gay Duo 185 Robert Arp 15 What's So Goddamned Funny? The Comedian and Rorschach on Life's Way 197 Taneli Kukkonen CONTRIBUTORS: Who Writes about the Watchmen? 215 INDEX: After the Masquerade 221
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Alan Moore's Watchmen is set in 1985 and chronicles the alternativehistory of the United States where the US edges dangerously closerto nuclear war with the Soviet Union. Within this world exists agroup of crime busters, who don elaborate costumes to conceal theiridentity and fight crime, and an intricate plot to kill anddiscredit these 'superheroes.' Alan Moore's Watchmen popularized the graphic novel format, hasbeen named one of Time magazine's top 100 novels, and is now beingmade into a highly anticipated movie adaptation. This latest bookin the popular Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series peersinto Moore's deeply philosophical work to parse and deconstruct theethical issues raised by Watchmen's costumed adventurers, theiractions, and their world. From nuclear destruction to utopia, fromgovernmental authority to human morality and social responsibility, it answers questions fans have had for years about Watchmen'sethical quandaries, themes, and characters.
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