Download e-book for iPad: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling by James B. South

By James B. South

ISBN-10: 0812695313

ISBN-13: 9780812695311

Twenty-three essays by means of younger expert philosophers study the most important moral and metaphysical facets of the Buffyverse (the international of Buffy). although the exhibit already attracted a lot scholarly cognizance, this can be the 1st e-book to completely disinter the highbrow matters. Designed through Whedon as a multilevel tale with such a lot of its meanings deeply buried in tons of heavy irony, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has changed The X-Files because the express that explains to american citizens the character of the strong forces of evil regularly threatening to surge into our international of daily decency and crush it. within the culture of the vintage horror motion pictures Buffy the Vampire Slayer addresses moral concerns that experience lengthy interested audiences. This e-book attracts out the moral and metaphysical classes from a pop-culture phenomenon.

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In order to rid his house of the suitors of his wife, Odysseus locks them in a room and slaughters them. He is acting in a good way, according to noble morality. ”7 Agamemnon or Odysseus can still be good Greek heroes, even though they act in ways we would consider evil. 8 The shift has come about, says Nietzsche, as a result of a slave revolt. The nobles had power, but the weak were numerous. They began to define themselves and their weakness as good, and to define those different than themselves as evil.

Thinking is the enemy. Faith even manages to tempt Buffy with her carefree attitude, as they enjoy a wild night out on the town stealing whatever they need from the stores of Sunnydale. The exercise of strength without restraint of reason is exhilarating. But at this point tragedy occurs. In the course of battle, Faith, who is carried away by the joy of slaying, doesn’t stop to make sure that her victims are in fact vampires. She stakes and kills a human being by mistake. Horrified, Buffy tries to make things right, by trying to convince Faith to talk to the police.

You should have told me he was alive. You didn’t. You have no respect for me, or the job I perform. Buffy 4th 2/19/11 44 2:19 AM Page 44 Jessica Prata Miller Buffy’s love for Angel has led her to act selfishly and immorally. 10 And this is exactly why the justice tradition requires that the moral actor use reason, not feelings, and that he treat everyone in the same manner. If only Buffy had asked herself impartially which course of action would have the best consequences overall, or whether she was treating people as she would want to be treated, she might have acted differently.

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