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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The ' philosophers of the eighteenth Century ' - men such as Helvetius , with his
doctrine of ' enlightened self - interest " , Locke , Reid , Condillac , Kant and the '
atheist d ' Holbach , the deist Voltaire and Rousseau ' – all these ' defenders of ...
This is a view that we find occurring throughout the nineteenth century in
philosophers and theologians alike . Nineteenth century liberal theologians such
as Ritschl and Harnack put great emphasis upon the will as the source of ethical
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Revolutions , Warner Brothers , 2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer , Twentieth -
Century Fox , 1997 – 2003 Smallville , Warner Brothers , 2001 ongoing to - date
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