Dr. Jonathan Sanford — Spider-man and Philosophy

Dr. Jonathan Sanford, Professor of Philosophy and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and author of “Spider-Man and Philosophy”, discusses the relationship between the love of wisdom and your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

Dr. Jonathan Sanford — Can Philosophy Change Your Life?

Dr. Jonathan Sanford, Professor of Philosophy and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and author of “Spider-Man and Philosophy”, discusses the impact that studying philosophy can have on your understanding of life.

Dr. Jonathan Sanford — A Reponse to “Morality in God”

Dr. Jonathan Sanford, Professor of Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, gives a response to Dr. Christopher Tollefsen’s keynote presentation “Morality in God” at the 2013 Annual Conference on Christian Philosophy, hosted by Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Watch the original talk: Morality in God.

Dr. Jonathan Sanford — Aristotle’s Privation Theory of Evil

Dr. Jonathan Sanford, professor of philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, discusses Aristotle’s account of evil in this excerpt from his talk “Aristotle and Evil”.

Watch the full talk here: Aristotle and Evil.

Dr. Jonathan Sanford — Principles and Actualities

Dr. Jonathan Sanford, professor of philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, distinguishes between that which a thing is and that which a thing does in this excerpt from his talk “Aristotle and Evil”.

Watch the full talk here: Aristotle and Evil.

Dr. Jonathan Sanford — Aristotle and Evil

Dr. Jonathan Sanford, professor of philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, links some ideas about evil to one of the earliest western philosophers.

Superhero films: a search for moral greatness

By Emily Stimpson

What movies such as “Iron Man” and “Spider-Man” say about our culture and about human nature

(An Interview with Dr. Jonathan Sanford, Professor of Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville)

With summer just around the corner, there’s already buzz about what this season’s blockbuster films will be. At the top of the list of sure-fire hits are the superhero movies: “Iron Man 3” hits theaters May 3; “Man of Steel” (Superman) will be released June 14; and “The Wolverine” comes to the big screen July 26. It’s clear Hollywood has found success in showcasing movie heroes who fly. Or scale tall buildings. Or wield mystical hammers. Basically, they fill the screen with super-powered heroes, then watch the money flow in.

Why is that? Why do films like these never fail to attract moviegoers of all ages, sexes and socioeconomic demographics? What explains our culture’s perennial love of superheroes, a love that only has seemed to grow in recent years with the popularity of the latest Batman trilogy, the Iron Man films and even television series such as “Smallville”?

Read more at Our Sunday Visitor.

 

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