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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Bearing in mind what we have just said concerning our experience of the other
as stranger and considering this in the light of our obvious tendency towards
relationships with other persons , we clearly find ourselves in the presence of a ...
The phenomenologist and ethicist Emmanuel Levinas marks out two modes of
engagement with the world . The first he refers to as the ontological relationship -
characterised by the reduction of difference and otherness to the same , while the
It is this later relationship that prioritises the other and abandons the notions of
power and possession as modes of encounter with the world . This for Levinas is
the true basis for an authentic ethical response to the world . my duty to respond
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