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Mark D. White
New Jersey/New York
I am chair of the Department of Philosophy at the College of Staten Island, where I teach and write in the intersections between philosophy, economics, and law.
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Warning: This is gonna be short. If you read my last two posts (here and here), both titled "Work in a pandemic," there won't be any surprises here. It was more than enough to keep up with teaching* and my duties as department chair during a constant panic mode at... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2020 at Mark D. White
I had little reason to write this other than that it has been three months since my last post... three dreadfully long and eventful months in the real world, while little seems to have changed in my tiny corner of it (other than my hair). All the things I wrote... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2020 at Mark D. White
Well. I wish I had written one of these a month ago. By the middle of March, my university went online, and now, at the end of March, 75% of Americans are living in some state of lockdown as the numbers of people infected and lost around the world continue... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at Mark D. White
This was a difficult year's-end review to write. 2019 was not a good year for me, neither professionally nor personally, and although I did have a good number of things come out, based on past efforts, I produced very little new material over the last twelve months. I had two... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2019 at Mark D. White
Batman is celebrating his 80th anniversary this year, and while he has served admirably as the protector of Gotham City, there is one mystery that the world’s greatest detective has never been able to solve: his own moral inconsistency. Many focus on his all-too-human motivation and lack of superpowers to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2019 at The Comics Professor
Thanks to Vince Skolny for the title of this post! Today's post on Captain America #176—the pivotal issue that bridges the "Secret Empire" and "Nomad" storylines—marks the 100th post at the Virtues of Captain America blog. The blog launched on July 9, 2018, just under eleven months ago, with Avengers... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at The Comics Professor
Well that was something! After rewatching Avengers: Infinity War Thursday night, I saw Avengers: Endgame Friday morning by myself—well, me and the hundred other people in the sold-out small theater, but you knew what I meant—and then again with my kids in a much larger (but still sold out) IMAX... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2019 at The Comics Professor
It's been a strange year so far in terms of work (both writing and school), so the true updates in this post will be few, and instead I'll focus on things coming out in the near future. My main project since the beginning of the year has been my antitrust... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2019 at Mark D. White
I'm feeling rather ambivalent about my life these days (see here) — which is not unusual for me the last ten years or so, but still. I have, however, come to some realizations of late that may suggest a corner is about to be turned. We'll get to that in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2018 at Mark D. White
This will be a short update because I haven't done much since my last one, given the hectic start to the fall semester. (I know, likely excuse.) I do, however, have a lot to accomplish in the coming months, so I'm posting this as a way to clear the deck,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at Mark D. White
I visited campus yesterday for a New Faculty Luncheon, which gave me a chance to catch up with my fellow chairs and various administrators and staff, and whenever someone asked me how my summer was, I answered, "uneven." (More accurate than my standard "ehh, OK," and leads to just as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at Mark D. White
I just returned from my first San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC). I attended the New York version in 2011, but I had never ventured out west for the "big" one until my good friend E. Paul Zehr (author of Creating Captain America, Becoming Batman, and others) invited me to join him... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at Mark D. White
The news is out! As announced in the "Batman's Brain" panel at San Diego Comic-Con and in an interview with CGTN America, the superhero-and-philosophy book I've been teasing for the last few months is titled Batman and Ethics and will be published by Wiley Blackwell next spring! Following the same... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2018 at The Comics Professor
This update is coming a bit later than I would have liked, but I wanted to get some things done first, and there's something I couldn't talk about publicly until recently. (There's actually something else coming soon that I can't quite talk about yet, but I didn't want to wait... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at Mark D. White
Marvel Comics nicely timed the release of the latest Captain America #1—by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Sunny Gho, and Joe Caramagna—for July 4th, and this is appropriate for so many reasons. The most obvious is that this is a new start for the Sentinel of Liberty, but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2018 at The Comics Professor
The final issue of Captain America by the now-classic team of Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, Matthew Wilson, and Joe Caramagna was, appropriately enough, the bonus-sized issue #700, and true to its anniversary status, it serves as a reaffirmation of who Steve Rogers is. In wrapping up their near-future storyline, the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2018 at The Comics Professor
It's been a strange three months, both in the world outside my window as well as the one within it. But work continues, as it always does and must, and here I'll fill you in on what kept me busy since I last checked in. My main project this semester... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at Mark D. White
I've been putting off writing this post for a while — not because I'm disappointed with what I did this year, but because I don't yet know what I will do next year (aside from finishing one major project begun this year), and that has me feeling very uneasy. But... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2017 at Mark D. White
113,248 words. (Imagine that sung by the cast of Rent.) Whew. Yesterday evening I emailed the manuscript for my latest superhero-and-philosophy book to my editor, who will then send it to instructor-reviewers to assess its potential for course adoption. As with my Captain America and Civil War books, this book... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at Mark D. White
Some random thoughts on the jawdropping news — at least for readers of superhero comics — that superstar Marvel Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis has signed an exclusive contract with DC Comics... Wow. I mean WOW. This is huge. I count myself as a huge Bendis fan. Daredevil was the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at The Comics Professor
A year and a half ago, Steve Rogers spoke those two words that changed the Marvel Universe and launched a secret empire... but more on that later. Suffice it to say our hero was not the same, until he was. Today, with the release of Captain America #695—renumbered a la... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at The Comics Professor
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Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Mark D. White
It being the last day of June and all, I thought this might be a good time for a brief update... I'm working on three projects currently, trying to do a bit of work on each one every day, especially the first and main one. 1) The superhero-and-philosophy book I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Mark D. White
A short update before I burrow in my home office (or dining table, or couch) for the summer... May was not only the end of the academic year, with all the attendant end-of-year activities, but also a time to wrap up other sundry responsibilities before starting my next book. These... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Mark D. White