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Seize the Moment Podcast

Apr 10, 2022

On episode 127, we welcome philosopher Mark White to discuss the philosophy of Thor; how his hammer was used to distinguish and judge worthiness; the similarities and differences between the various schools of ethics - virtue ethics, deontology, and utilitarianism; the golden mean of virtue ethics and its allowance of moral imperfection; the necessity of self-doubt to moral character and the balance of maintaining it with a sense of pride; the importance of not taking your partner for granted and continuing to improve; and Thor’s epiphany and love of humanity, exploring how they differentiated him from other gods.

Mark D. White is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at the  College of Staten Island/CUNY, where he teaches courses in philosophy,  economics, and law. He is the author of several  books—A Philosopher Reads Marvel Comics’ Civil War: Exploring the  Moral Judgment of Captain America, Iron Man, and Spider-Man (Ockham Publishing), The Virtues of Captain America: Modern-Day Lessons  on Character from a World War II Superhero and Batman and Ethics  (both from Wiley-Blackwell), The Manipulation of Choice: Ethics and  Libertarian Paternalism, The Illusion of Well-Being: Economic Policymaking Based on Respect and Responsiveness, and The Decline on the Individual: Reconciling Autonomy with Community (all from Palgrave  Macmillan) —as well as over 60 academic  journal articles and book chapters in the intersections between economics, philosophy, and law. Mark is the editor of Palgrave's Perspectives from Social Economics series. His newest book is called A Philosopher Reads Marvel Comics’ Thor: If They Be Worthy.

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