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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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 ...
Many postmoderns go so far as to argue that all we ever have are image and
imagination , that there is no one truth , no absolute reality , that these images
clearly and distinctly correspond to . 25 While it could be argued that
Thus in condemning Richard Nixon , virtues of decency and honesty were
invoked , but the legal system offered the only code by which the
unacceptableness of those actions could be clearly and cogently expressed . 15
It seems to me that a ...
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