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Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale - James B. South, William Irwin
Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale
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How can Buffy’s religious symbolism be squared with creator Joss Whedon’s professed atheism? Is Buffy truly a Kierkegaardian knight of faith? Do Faith’s corruption and return to the good life demonstrate Platonic eudaimonism? Or do they illustrate the flaws in Nietzsche’s superman concept? What... show more
How can Buffy’s religious symbolism be squared with creator Joss Whedon’s professed atheism? Is Buffy truly a Kierkegaardian knight of faith? Do Faith’s corruption and return to the good life demonstrate Platonic eudaimonism? Or do they illustrate the flaws in Nietzsche’s superman concept? What does the show’s treatment of vampires, demons, and other entities say about ethical attitudes toward nonhumans? These are some of the questions asked and answered in this lively collection of essays that link classical philosophy to the long-running series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy’s status as the leading vehicle for exploring the evil underlying everyday life has made it ripe for the kind of witty, penetrating philosophical analysis this book delivers -- fully disintering the intellectual issues that underlie this cult favorite.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780812695311 (0812695313)
ASIN: 812695313
Publisher: Open Court
Pages no: 335
Edition language: English
Series: Popular Culture and Philosophy 5 (#4)
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4.0 Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale (Popular Culture and Philosophy, Vol. 4)
This was a fairly easy read - the philosophies evoked are also explained. The most eye-opening of all the essays was Brownskirts - comparing the show to a veiled fascist propaganda. That alone is worth buying this book for. There are other interesting readings of the material too, such as three essa...
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