Thursday, December 08, 2005
Action for ... THE MIND!
Why on earth are you not reading Action Philosophers?
Do you think you're too smart to learn anything about philosophy from a mere comic book? That's what I thought, because I'm an overeducated jackass.
But I was wrong. Very wrong. I've read each issue so far and learned something from each, particularly about how philosophers' personal experiences and their own studies of other people's philosophies helped them develop their own.
Or, are you not reading it because you have no interest in "boring dry philosophy hoo-hah"? Then this book is for you; there's a reason everyone on the internet is raving about how it makes philosophy entertaining, comprehensible, and relevant.
Here's a thought that occurred to me when reading the latest issue, "Self Help for Stupid Ugly Losers", which explains the relationship between Freud, Jung, Campbell ... and their philosophies:
At heart, Marvel comics are Freudian, helping us make the transition out of childhood and working out childhood issues. Guess that's why their characters are childish and neurotic...!
DC comics are essentially Jungian, drawing on the imagery of the collective conscious to help people confront the issues of adulthood and old age. That's why its characters are less "human" and highly concern with issues of legacy and tradition.
As one of MY favorite philosophers is fond of saying: