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Graphic Novels as Philosophy$
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Jeff McLaughlin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496813275

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496813275.001.0001

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Love and Liberty: The Social Contract and V for Vendetta

Love and Liberty: The Social Contract and V for Vendetta

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(p.87) Love and Liberty: The Social Contract and V for Vendetta
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Graphic Novels as Philosophy
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Eric Bain-Selbo

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496813275.003.0005

This chapter demonstrates how the social contract theory is one of the most dominant ways in which political philosophy is done. At least one important objective of the contract is to use the power and force of the collective to achieve a level of security for individuals and their property. The trade-off for this security is the loss of some degree of individual freedom. The graphic novel V for Vendetta puts this trade-off into stark relief. But it is not simply about a cost/benefit analysis of a particular social contract. It is about the love that V has for liberty and his fellow citizens and the love that the leader of the regime (Adam Susan) has for his country. The chapter shows how the graphic novel raises important questions about the role of emotions in the political order.

Keywords:   social contract, political philosophy, V for Vendetta, power, force, security, individual freedom, love, graphic novel

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