When Tech Meets Tradition: How Wakandan Technology Transcends Anti-Blackness

When Tech Meets Tradition How Wakandan Technology Transcends Anti-Blackness Timothy E. Brown *This essay appears as Chapter 16 in Black Panther and Philosophy. Black Panther was more empowering for me than I thought it would be. Here we had a mainstream film about an ultra-advanced African nation, set in Marvel’s mostly-white cinematic universe. And there…

Competing Ethical Systems in Ghost of Tsushima

Competing Ethical Systems in Ghost of Tsushima by Armond Boudreaux   In its depiction of medieval Japanese culture, its astonishingly beautiful landscapes and imagery, and its hyper-realistic combat, Ghost of Tsushima is ground-breaking. One remarkable thing about the game that might have gone relatively unnoticed, however, is the way in which it invites a sophisticated…

Masters and Caves in a Post-Magic Age: He-Man and Philosophy

Masters and Caves in a Post-Magic Age: He-Man and Philosophy Jeremy E. Scarbrough Masters of the Universe dominated children’s entertainment in the 1980s and it continues to enchant new generations and re-enchant original fans. Through innovative and unforgettable toys, a cartoon series, a feature film—introducing She-Ra and subsequently launching the Princess of Power series—a live-action…

Super Bowl Gambling—Daring the Odds and Gods

Super Bowl Gambling—Daring the Odds and Gods             Now and then someone plays with us—good old chance. Nietzsche, The Gay Science, #277 Alexander E. Hooke To spice up this weekend’s Super Bowl, you might place a bet on who will score the first touchdown, total points scored by halftime, or the player with the most…

A Class Act: Explaining Karl Marx with Indiana Jones

A Class Act Explaining Karl Marx with Indiana Jones Christopher M. Innes Identifying Indy’s social class is not why we typically follow his brave pursuits. We watch Indy for his audacious and enterprising exploration of the ancient world and place him in a class of his own, and it’s this uniqueness we’d like to keep.…

The Übermensch and Overcoming Nihilism in The Umbrella Academy

  The Übermensch and Overcoming Nihilism in The Umbrella Academy By Elysia Balavage We humans find fascination with those among us who are “extraordinary.” From tales spun about the classical Achilles to the modern Wonder Woman, narratives about individuals with extraordinary abilities have captivated our attention for centuries. The ubiquity of such stories these days…