Action Philosophers! #2: All-Sex Special
Writer: Fred Van Lente; Pencils and Inks: Ryan Dunlavey
Finally, a comic book that doesn’t show roided-out nitwits beating each other over the head with their own narcissism. The Xeric Foundation produced a book that is both educational and humorous, both of which are missing in today’s comics.
The authors cover three philosophers, Thomas Jefferson, Saint Augustine, and Ayn Rand. Each have been influential, but reading their philosophical works means we miss their underlying humanity. Most of us only encounter philosophy in school, and everything but the philosophers’ genius is whitewashed from their lives.
Issue #2 of Action Philosophers helps fill the gap between reality and what we learned in school. Van Lente’s real accomplishment with this issue was connecting these very different idealists by how they lived within contradictions. Thomas Jefferson’s belief in freedom and his simultaneous owning of slaves. Saint Augustine’s desire to harmonize free will with an omnipotent god, and his willingness to accept and promote a philosophy which is wholly unable to do so. Ayn Rand’s quest for a life of reason, and her decidedly unreasonable affair and jealousy. Van Lente and Dunlavey remove all three from our stale textbook visions and fully place them in our world of lust, envy, hypocrisy, and greed.
Pick up a copy of Action Philosophers! #2: All-Sex Special. Not only will you be supporting the valued Xeric Foundation, you’ll experience a little history, a little philosophy, and a lot of what it means to be human. Give it a chance.