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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Thus knowledge became inextricably intertwined with the notion of precision . In
the wake of the Cartesian epistemology there followed a succession of
philosophers who sought to develop and refine our understanding of what truth is
and how ...
The theologian Jurgen Moltmann makes the distinction between these two
modes of empowering in his 1984 – 1988 Gifford lectures , God in Creation : If
science sets its sights on the acquisition of power , then scientific knowledge is ...
32 Francis Bacon ' s justly famous observation that knowledge is power has
never been more relevant than it is today . While Bacon had in mind knowledge
of the natural world providing us with increased technological mastery over our ...
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