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.
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I am equally concerned that this space should be an interdisciplinary one , one in
which the issues are raised by familiar cultural images but may be commented on
from a variety of viewpoints . While trying to introduce the subject of otherness ...
... Pure Reason he argues that what we called the absolute laws of nature , for
example , cause and effect and even space and time , are not to be found in the
external world but are actually categories of thought , part of our reasoning tool kit
In tryin the extremes ot hero and villain we are made 1 own ethical standards,
and given a space in w h contemporary concerns over notions of ri and bad.
MIKE ALSFORD is Senior Lecturer in Theology at th University of Greenwich,
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