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Batman's one moral flaw (Pt. 4)- He doesn't kill the Joker because of unforeseen consequences?

Posted 4 Weeks Ago at 7:23 PM by Shamol (Possible world musings)
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(Continued from part 1, part 2, part 3)

This is a conclusion to my ongoing mini-series about Batman and the ethics of killing the Joker. We first look into one last popular justification for the famous "one rule", and then propose an altogether unsatisfactory way of making sense of all this mess.

Reason 3 for not killing- Unforeseen consequences

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It's true I don't do it because of my code, because of what I stand for. But there's another reason,
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Batman's one moral flaw (Pt. 3)- He doesn't kill the Joker because it's his "one rule"?

Posted 4 Weeks Ago at 1:59 PM by Shamol (Possible world musings)
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(Continued from part 1, part 2)

Batman, despite being the symbol of ethical excellence that he is, has a major flaw in his moral reasoning: his refusal to kill the Joker. Parts 2 through 4 of this series are dedicated to looking at some of the ethical justifications usually given for this. My plan is to demonstrate that none of these reasonings hold water, and by not killing the Joker, Batman is ultimately flaunting his moral duty.

Reason 2 for not killing- it would...
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Batman's one moral flaw (Pt. 2)- He doesn't kill the Joker because Joker doesn't deserve death?

Posted 4 Weeks Ago at 5:46 AM by Shamol (Possible world musings)
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(Continued from here)

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Jason Todd: Why? I'm not talking about killing Penguin or Scarecrow or Dent. I'm talking about him. Just him. And doing it because... Because he took me away from you.
Batman: I can't. I'm sorry.
The Joker: That is so sweet! [From the movie Batman: Under the Red Hood]
Batman is supposed to be a symbol of ethical excellence, representing a standard regular humans can only strive for, but never achieve. Joker and his moral nihilism,...
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Batman's one moral flaw (Pt.1)- What Batman stands for

Posted August 14th, 2016 at 2:40 AM by Shamol (Possible world musings)
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Batman is without a doubt my favorite superhero.

Long-time Batman fans would know the point of Batman isn't someone who's a 'hero' in the sense of being a glorified problem solver. Batman, by the direct consequences of his actions, can only do so much. Across virtually all (serious) media appearances, the main point of Batman is symbolic. He represents something that others can learn from and progress. Thought this way, Batman is something of a saintly figure. Saints or revolutionaries...
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Does being a good person require being irrational?

Posted August 7th, 2016 at 11:08 PM by Shamol (Possible world musings)

Consider trust and humility: two things almost universally considered virtuous (all other things being equal).

Trust entails, among other things, having an "innocent until proven guilty" assumption of humans in general. Especially in the context of relationships (be they fraternal, social or romantic), it involves making excuses for the other person and assuming the best of them. In short, trust centers around assuming goodwill of people.

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