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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What marks Buffy out is her sense of moral responsibility coupled ... ability to
determine what one ought to do is to be regarded as , what Kant calls , a
necessary postulate of practical reason , and represents the true form of human
simply for some desired end as a consequence of moral activity , demands both
that the moral law itself be unconditioned , and that we , as rational beings , be
free from all determination as regards our compliance with it . ' Ought ' , argues ...
Putting aside questions concerning the underlying motivations for these military
incursions the question remains , does any individual or country have the moral
right to intervene in another ' s affairs by virtue of perceived moral superiority and
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