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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Religions , ideologies , people and activities often serve to provide us with a kind
of existential map , an overlay of principles , values and priorities which allow us
to make judgements concerning the direction that our lives should take . Having ...
The existentialist philosopher Karl Jaspers ( 1883 – 1969 ) talks about these
shocking moments of encounter with the world as ' boundary experiences ' ,
moments in which our experience of order and meaning and sense is threatened
4 If existential philosophers such as Jean - Paul Sartre teach us anything at all it
is about the power of human existence and that it is without excuse . In a
characteristically bleak section from his Being and Nothingness Sartre makes this
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