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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However , argues Hume , the only way one can know for certain that the same
thing will happen again would be to repeat the action . Any statement that it must
always happen is nothing more than a prediction and not an empirical certainty ...
I wonder how often two parents stage the Superman / Batman struggle as one
argues for the deployment of parental power only as sanctioned and requested
by the child , while the other argues that it is in the child ' s best interest to be
The socalled free will defence broadly argues that even God could not enforce
good behaviour upon human beings without compromising their very humanity .
Immanuel Kant argues that ethical judgements are the product of the free
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