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Mark D. White
College of Staten Island (CUNY)
  1. Behavioral law and economics : The assault on consent, will, and dignity.Mark D. White - 2010 - In Christi Favor, Gerald F. Gaus & Julian Lamont (eds.), Essays on Philosophy, Politics & Economics: Integration & Common Research Projects. Stanford Economics and Finance.
    In "Behavioral Law and Economics: The Assault on Consent, Will, and Dignity," Mark D. White uses the moral philosophy of Immanuel Kant to examine the intersection of economics, psychology, and law known as "behavioral law and economics." Scholars in this relatively new field claim that, because of various cognitive biases and failures, people often make choices that are not in their own interests. The policy implications of this are that public and private organizations, such as the state and employers, can (...)
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    The Thief of Time: Philosophical Essays on Procrastination.Chrisoula Andreou & Mark D. White (eds.) - 2010 - New York, US: Oxford University Press.
  3. The Thief of Time: Philosophical Essays on Procrastination.Chrisoula Andreou & Mark D. White (eds.) - 2010 - New York, US: Oxford University Press.
    When we fail to achieve our goals, procrastination is often the culprit. But how exactly is procrastination to be understood? This edited volume integrates the problem of procrastination into philosophical inquiry, exploring the relationship of procrastination to agency, rationality, and ethics--topics that philosophy is well-suited to address.
     
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    The Decline of the Individual: Reconciling Autonomy with Community.Mark D. White - 2017 - Cham: Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan.
    This book explores the steady decline in the status of the individual in recent years and addresses common misunderstandings about the concept of individuality. Drawing from psychology, neuroscience, technology, economics, philosophy, politics, and law, White explains how and why the individual has been devalued in the eyes of scholars, government leaders, and the public. He notes that developments in science have led to doubts about our cognitive competence, while assumptions made in the humanities have led to questions about our moral (...)
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  5. The Virtues of Captain America: Modern-Day Lessons on Character From a World War Ii Superhero.Mark D. White (ed.) - 2014 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    The first look at the philosophy behind the _Captain America_ comics and movies, publishing in advance of the movie release of _Captain America: The Winter Solider_ in April 2014. In _The Virtues of Captain America_, philosopher and long-time comics fan Mark D. White argues that the core principles, compassion, and judgment exhibited by the 1940’s comic book character Captain America remain relevant to the modern world. Simply put, "Cap" embodies many of the classical virtues that have been important to us (...)
     
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    Batman and Philosophy: The Dark Knight of the Soul.William Irwin, Mark D. White & Robert Arp (eds.) - 2008 - Wiley.
    Why doesn't Batman just kill the Joker and end everyone's misery? Can we hold the Joker morally responsible for his actions? Is Batman better than Superman? If everyone followed Batman's example, would Gotham be a better place? What is the Tao of the Bat? Batman is one of the most complex characters ever to appear in comic books, graphic novels, and on the big screen. What philosophical trials does this superhero confront in order to keep Gotham safe? Combing through seventy (...)
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    Downton Abbey and Philosophy: The Truth is Neither Here nor There.William Irwin & Mark D. White (eds.) - 2012 - Wiley.
    _A unique philosophical look at the hit television series _Downton Abbey_ _ Who can resist the lure of _Downton Abbey_ and the triumphs and travails of the Crawley family and its servants? We admire Bates's sense of honor, envy Carson's steadfastness, and thrill to Violet's caustic wit. _Downton Abbey and Philosophy_ draws on some of history's most profound philosophical minds to delve deeply into the dilemmas that confront our favorite characters. Was Matthew right to push Mary away after his injury (...)
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    Dr. Strange and Philosophy: The Other Book of Forbidden Knowledge.William Irwin & Mark D. White (eds.) - 2018 - Wiley.
    Explore the mind and world of the brilliant neurosurgeon-turned-Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Stephen Strange Marvel Comics legends Stan Lee and Steve Ditko first introduced Doctor Stephen Strange to the world in 1963—and his spellbinding adventures have wowed comic book fans ever since. Over fifty years later, the brilliant neurosurgeon-turned-Sorcerer Supreme has finally travelled from the pages of comics to the big screen, introducing a new generation of fans to his mind-bending mysticism and self-sacrificing heroics. In Doctor Strange and Philosophy, Mark D. (...)
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    Green Lantern and Philosophy: No Evil Shall Escape This Book.William Irwin, Jane Dryden & Mark D. White (eds.) - 2011 - Wiley.
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    Iron Man and Philosophy: Facing the Stark Reality.William Irwin & Mark D. White (eds.) - 2010 - Wiley.
    The first look at the philosophy behind the Iron Man comics and movies, timed for the release of Iron Man 2 in March 2010 On the surface, Iron Man appears to be a straightforward superhero, another rich guy fighting crime with fancy gadgets. But beneath the shiny armor and flashy technology lies Tony Stark, brilliant inventor and eccentric playboy, struggling to balance his desires, addictions, and relationships with his duties as the Armored Avenger. Iron Man and Philosophy explores the many (...)
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    Superman and Philosophy: What Would the Man of Steel Do.William Irwin & Mark D. White (eds.) - 2013 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    _Go beyond the cape and into the mind of the Man of Steel, in time for release of Zack Snyder's _Man of Steel_ movie and Superman's 75th anniversary_ He has thrilled millions for 75 years, with a legacy that transcends national, cultural, and generational borders, but is there more to the Man of Steel than just your average mythic superhero in a cape? The 20 chapters in this book present a fascinating exploration of some of the deeper philosophical questions raised (...)
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    The Avengers and Philosophy: Earth's Mightiest Thinkers.William Irwin & Mark D. White (eds.) - 2012 - Wiley.
    _An engaging look at the philosophical underpinnings of Earth's Mightiest Heroes_ Avengers assemble! Tackling intriguing dilemmas and issues that no single great philosopher can withstand, this powerful book enlists the brainpower of an A-list team of history's most prominent thinkers to explore the themes behind the action of Marvel Comics' all-star superhero team. Arms you with new insights into the characters and themes of _The Avengers_ Deepens your appreciation both of _The Avengers_ comics and the Joss Whedon movie adaptation Answers (...)
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  13. Watchmen and Philosophy: A Rorschach Test.William Irwin & Mark D. White (eds.) - 2009 - Wiley.
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    Economics and the Virtues: Building a New Moral Foundation.Jennifer A. Baker & Mark D. White (eds.) - 2016 - Oxford University Press.
    A volume by leading economists and philosophers that explores the contributions that virtue ethics can make to economics. Provides historical and modern insights in both economics and philosophy and offers suggestions for incorporating the ethics of virtue into economics to make it more applicable to moral dilemmas in the world outside the models.
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    Economics and the mind.Barbara Montero & Mark D. White (eds.) - 2007 - New York: Routledge.
    'Economics and the Mind' brings economists and philosophers of the mind together to explore the intersection of their disciplines.
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  16. Introduction.Barbara Montero & Mark D. White - 2007 - In Barbara Montero & Mark D. White (eds.), Economics and the mind. Routledge.
     
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    A Modest Comment on McMullin.Mark D. White - 2015 - Journal of Philosophical Research 40:1-5.
    In “A Modest Proposal: Accounting for the Virtuousness of Modesty,” Irene McMullin characterizes the modest person as striking a delicate balance between accurate self-assessment and sensitivity to the feelings of others. She criticizes ‘egalitarian’ understandings of this process as unrealistically demanding, and instead proposes an account based on Sartrean facticity and self-awareness. In this brief comment, I defend the egalitarian accounts, arguing for a specifically Kantian explanation of modesty that combines the best of both the egalitarian and Sartrean views, and (...)
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  18. Appendix.Mark D. White - 2014 - In The Virtues of Captain America. Oxford: Wiley. pp. 198–201.
    This chapter provides a quick primer on the volumes of the comic titles Captain America and Avengers. It talks about the beginnings and endings of which usually coincide with major events in the Marvel Universe. The story starts with the first volume of Avengers, since it was in the classic issue #4 of that title that Captain America was found in a block of ice and revived. These long‐running volumes of Captain America and Avengers lasted until 1996. Both series ended (...)
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    Batman and ethics.Mark D. White - 2019 - Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
    Batman has been one of the world’s most beloved superheroes since his first appearance in issue #27 of Detective Comics in 1939. Clad in his dark cowl and cape, he has captured the imagination of thousands of fans with his acrobatic fighting skills, high-tech crimefighting gadgets, and swift but often violent brand of justice. But why has he enjoyed such long-lived popularity as a character? And why have his actions caused debate among fans and philosophers? Based on four decades of (...)
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    Captain America as a Moral Exemplar.Mark D. White - 2014 - In The Virtues of Captain America. Oxford: Wiley. pp. 25–44.
    In this chapter, the author talks about some of the finer points concerning Captain America and his eligibility to serve as a moral exemplar. The chapter explores three issues. 1) Fictional characters are simply not real. 2) Fictional characters can be perfect and we can't. 3) Fictional characters can be depicted inconsistently over the years by different writers. Fictional characters can model virtuous character traits by demonstrating their consequences in an imaginary world that readers identify with. While real‐world people can't (...)
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    Can Captain America Help Us Achieve Greater Unity and Civility?Mark D. White - 2014 - In The Virtues of Captain America. Oxford: Wiley. pp. 178–197.
    This chapter argues that while we are polarized on narrowly defined issues, we agree on more basic principles, ideals, and goals‐which don't get as much attention in the media compared to arguments over how we should pursue them. Captain America not only defended justice, equality, and liberty to the Red Skull, but has represented them as the core ideals of the United States of America. Refocusing our attention on these ideals, remembering our common points while debating differences, is the first (...)
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    11 Deontology.Mark D. White - 2009 - In Jan Peil & Irene van Staveren (eds.), Handbook of Economics and Ethics. Edward Elgar. pp. 77.
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    12 Dignity.Mark D. White - 2009 - In Jan Peil & Irene van Staveren (eds.), Handbook of Economics and Ethics. Edward Elgar. pp. 84.
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  24. Does homo economicus have a will?Mark D. White - 2007 - In Barbara Montero & Mark D. White (eds.), Economics and the mind. Routledge.
     
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    Die Philosophie Bei Batman: Eine Reise in Die Seele des Dark Knight.Mark D. White & Robert Arp - 2013 - Wiley-Vch.
    Was treibt seine Gegenspieler an? Ist Batman in seiner Menschlichkeit besser als Superman? Die Philosophie bei Batman bietet unterhaltsame Antworten und Einblicke in Batmans Welt.
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    Ethicists assemble.Mark D. White - 2013 - Philosophers' Magazine 60 (-1):57 - 62.
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    Ethicists assemble.Mark D. White - 2013 - The Philosophers' Magazine 60:57-62.
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    Five Basic Virtues.Mark D. White - 2014 - In The Virtues of Captain America. Oxford: Wiley. pp. 45–75.
    This chapter investigates into what makes Captain America a great role model by describing some of his basic virtues. By looking at how Captain America embodies virtues such as courage and humility, he serves as a role model not only in terms of the virtues themselves but also in how he puts them into practice. The chapter argues that Captain America's supposed “black‐and‐white” ethics weren't simplistic in the 1940s, they are just as applicable now as they were then. One persistent (...)
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  29. Flirting in The office : what can Jim and Pam's romantic antics teach us about moral philosophy? (US).Mark D. White - 2008 - In Jeremy Wisnewski (ed.), The Office and Philosophy: Scenes From the Unexamined Life. Blackwell.
     
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    Honor and Integrity.Mark D. White - 2014 - In The Virtues of Captain America. Oxford: Wiley. pp. 76–108.
    This chapter discusses Captain America's general virtues that describe the overall character of a person: specifically, honor and integrity. These virtues not only describe how well a person practices the more basic virtues, but also his or her general ethical decision‐making, which in Cap's case is based on principle and duty. The chapter explains these two concepts, because they help to flesh out what honor and integrity mean to Cap, and also shows why his legendary strength of character and resolve (...)
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  31. Index.Mark D. White - 2014 - In The Virtues of Captain America. Oxford: Wiley. pp. 221–234.
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    40 Immanuel Kant.Mark D. White - 2009 - In Jan Peil & Irene van Staveren (eds.), Handbook of Economics and Ethics. Edward Elgar. pp. 301.
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  33. Immanuel Kant.Mark D. White - 2009 - In Jan Peil & Irene van Staveren (eds.), Handbook of Economics and Ethics. Edward Elgar. pp. 301--307.
     
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    Judgment.Mark D. White - 2014 - In The Virtues of Captain America. Oxford: Wiley. pp. 109–142.
    This chapter looks at another executive virtue that Captain America exemplifies: the judgment he needs to arrive at the best action in a difficult situation. Despite his humility, Captain America exemplifies both sound judgment and unshakeable determination, which are often misunderstood as representing “black‐and‐white” ethics or stubbornness. Just like judges as Dworkin describes them, we can use our own judgment to find the “right answer” to each moral dilemma, the decision that is consistent with our own principles and maintains the (...)
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    Jam today? No thanks.Mark D. White - 2010 - The Philosophers' Magazine 48 (48):93-97.
    Many experiences in life appear to us as very good when we remember oranticipate them, but quite ordinary or downright bad in the moment. Most people will cite parenting as a marvellous, transcendent life adventure. But most of the day-to-day tasks of childrearing are mundane at best, disgusting at worst: changing diapers, wiping up spills, shuttling little ones from activity to activity, and bailing them out of jail.
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    Moral Judgment.Mark D. White - 2013-03-11 - In Superman and Philosophy. Wiley. pp. 3–15.
    Superman has incredible powers and, luckily for us, he chooses to use them for good. But good intentions are not enough to actually do good with his powers—he must know what to do with them as well. The need for judgment is what brings all superheroes down to Earth, and what ultimately makes them relatable to their fans despite their fantastic abilities. Moral philosophy (or ethics) is the area of philosophy dealing with what we should do, what kind of people (...)
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    Principle and Politics.Mark D. White - 2014 - In The Virtues of Captain America. Oxford: Wiley. pp. 143–177.
    This chapter focuses on the “America” part of Captain America's name and explores the more political aspects of his life and character. It looks at patriotism in general and how to characterize Captain America's brand of it; Cap's uneasy relationship with politics and the United States government; and how Cap puts principles above politics, even if it means defying his own government and giving up the shield and the title. The chapter explains that Cap's devotion to his country is based (...)
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    Panther Virtue.Mark D. White - 2022-01-11 - In Edwardo Pérez & Timothy E. Brown (eds.), Black Panther and Philosophy. Wiley. pp. 51–60.
    T'Challa, the Black Panther, wears many hats, both at home and abroad. He is the chieftain of the Panther Tribe, which makes him the spiritual leader of his people as well as the king of Wakanda and its head of state. One key aspect that separates virtue ethics from its rival moral theories, consequentialism and deontology, is its focus on character. Judgment, or what Aristotle called "practical wisdom", is the ability to decide how best to act on one's virtues in (...)
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  39. References.Mark D. White - 2014 - In The Virtues of Captain America. Oxford: Wiley. pp. 202–220.
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  40. Superhuman Ethics Class.Mark D. White - 2014 - In The Virtues of Captain America. Oxford: Wiley. pp. 1–24.
    This chapter talks about three basic schools of ethics—utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue ethics. This discussion will not only help people situate Captain America's ethics within moral philosophy more broadly, but also help people understand the ethical points of view of other people in the Marvel Universe. Many virtue ethicists, especially Aristotle, emphasize the importance of role models or moral exemplars, people who demonstrate good behavior for others to emulate. Captain America is an example of mature virtue, a role model for (...)
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  41. The Name Remains the Same—But Should It?Mark D. White - 2013 - In William Irwin (ed.), Black Sabbath and Philosophy: Mastering Reality. Wiley. pp. 140--148.
     
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    The Otherworldly Burden of Being the Sorcerer Supreme.Mark D. White - 2018 - In Doctor Strange and Philosophy. Chichester, UK: Wiley. pp. 175–190.
    As the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Stephen Strange is Earth's sole protector from mystical forces that threaten its very existence. This chapter explores several ways in which Strange fails to operate with the proper balance between extremes, what moral philosophers in the tradition of virtue ethics call the “golden mean”. As a medical doctor, Strange was living his life at the extremes. Strange's carefree and reckless lifestyle helped contribute to the automobile accident that crushed his hands, ending his medical career and (...)
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    What I Had to Do.Mark D. White - 2017-03-29 - In Jacob M. Held (ed.), Wonder Woman and Philosophy. Wiley. pp. 104–114.
    Killing is a topic that divides superhero fans like no other. Wonder Woman is a curious case, though. Traditionally associated with compassion and love, Diana is also a fierce warrior. While seeing Wonder Woman's choice through the lens of moral philosophy, it would seem that the deck is stacked against Lord in terms of one school of ethics, consequentialism. Consequentialism requires that we make a moral decision by choosing the option with the best (or least bad) outcomes. The simple math (...)
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