I must admit that philosophy was never one of my favorite subjects because it always seemed too abstract. I was recently given the book, Heroes and Philosophy: Buy the Book, Save the World, to review and I enjoyed it immensely. I also actually enjoyed learning philosophy while reading, because I could now relate to the lessons through the use of the Heroes characters.
Not all television shows have enough philosophical implications to create a book. Heroes, on the other hand, is probably at the top of the list. Some of the many questions discussed in Heroes and Philosophy are:
- What are the obligations of heroes?
- The foreknowledge of the painter, is our fate predetermined?
- What are the ethics of time travel and changing the past or future?
- What are the philosophical implications of the memory loss (the Haitian) and mind-reading (Parkman)?
- Are the heroes good?
Throughout the book, events that took place and quotes that were spoken during Heroes are discussed. This is a must read book for any Heroes fan, the philosophy lessons are a great bonus. If your teens watch heroes, what better way to buy them an educational gift that they will thank you for.
What about those of you that don’t watch Heroes. Luckily, there are many other books in this Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series. I’m sure that you and/or your teens must watch at least one of these :
- South Park and Philosophy
- Family Guy and Philosophy
- The Daily Show and Philosophy
- Lost and Philosophy (I can’t wait to get this one)
- 24 and Philosophy
- Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy
- The Office and Philosophy
- House and Philosophy
- X-Men and Philosophy
There are also books in this series based on other types of pop culture such as Metallica and Philosophy, Batman and Philosopy, Watchmen and Philosophy and Terminator and Philosophy. If you are a pop culture lover, you can excel in philosophy. I will have to add this to my list of Top 10 Benefits of Watching Television.