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 experimental method pioneered by Francis Bacon was riding high , Hume
threw a sceptical spanner in the works by arguing that the so - called laws of
nature such as cause and effect were based on nothing more than habit and
In his famous study of power – particularly of power that human beings exert over
each other – Bertrand Russell attempts to define it in this way : Power may be
defined as the production of intended effects . It is thus a quantitative concept ...
power than B , if A achieves many intended effects and B only a few . 2 At its most
basic level power could be seen as simply the ability to effect change , to be able
to manipulate – for good or ill - the world in which we find ourselves .
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