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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During these times we seek anchor points, points of reference which might allow
us to navigate, with some semblance of intention and confidence, towards some
clearly perceived goals. These anchor points provide us with a sense of ...
It follows that anything not open to our senses cannot be dealt with in this way
and thus is not , according to Kant , real knowledge – clearly a significant threat to
religious epistemology . Of course , while Kant saw this as a way of avoiding ...
Of course, typically, the hero is not one who is characterised by inactivity and lack
of involvement in the world. More often than not the heroic deployment of power
is both proactive and clearly focused. Heroes - and villains for that matter - are a ...
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