Heroes and Villains
Hercules, Jesus, James Bond, Luke Skywalker, Gandalf, Frodo, Harry Potter, Buffy Summers, Spiderman, Batman, Captain Kirk, Dr. Who, Darth Vader, Sauron, Voldemort, Lex Luthor, Dr. Doom, the Daleks, the Borg. Almost anybody living in the developed West would be able to group these individuals into two camps: the heroes and the villains. However, what criteria they may use to do this is less clear.
Mike Alsford introduces us to a range of heroic and villainous archetypes on a journey through film, television, comic books, and literature. On the way, he addresses questions such as: What is a true hero? What is a true villain? Have we misunderstood these terms? What kind of societal values do our mythical heroes and villains represent? In trying to understand the extremes of hero and villain we are made more aware of our own ethical standards and given a space in which to explore contemporary concerns over notions of right and wrong, good and bad.
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To do this I will be introducing philosophers such as Plato , Descartes and Kant ,
all of whom sought to establish an absolute and primarily rational perspective on
the world , implicitly ( at least ) throwing doubt on the role and value of ...
15 Clarity and distinctiveness Rene Descartes ( 1596 - 1650 ) , often referred to
as the father of modern philosophy , was in his own context as anxious as Plato
concerning the potential impact of scepticism . As the Renaissance encouraged ...
Descartes argued that the cogito coupled with a belief in a benevolent God -
something that he also tried to demonstrate was self - evident and indubitable -
was enough to provide us with a foundation for certainty in our quest for truth thus
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