Thursday, August 12, 2010

Connolly, Katie. "Teaching Philosophy with Spider-Man." BBC NEWS August 12, 2010.

Cultural and media studies have paved the way for universities to incorporate pop culture into their curriculum. These days it is not uncommon to find a television studies class alongside 17th-Century literature in the course listings of an English department.

Now, philosophy professors are finding superheroes and comic books to be exceptionally useful tools in helping students think about the complex moral and ethical debates that have occupied philosophers for centuries.

Moreover, superheroes are attracting students to a discipline often perceived as overrun by musty books, suede elbow patches and bow ties. . . .

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