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Buffy Vampire Slayer and Philosophy : Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale (03 Edition)by James B. South
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Twenty-three essays by young professional philosophers examine crucial ethical and metaphysical aspects of the Buffyverse (the world of Buffy). Though the show already attracted much scholarly attention, this is the first book to fully disinter the intellectual issues. Designed by Whedon as a multilevel story with most of its meanings deeply buried in heaps of heavy irony, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has replaced The X-Files as the show that explains to Americans the nature of the powerful forces of evil continually threatening to surge into our world of everyday decency and overwhelm it. In the tradition of the classic horror films Buffy the Vampire Slayer addresses ethical issues that have long fascinated audiences. This book draws out the ethical and metaphysical lessons from a pop-culture phenomenon.
How can Buffys religious symbolism be squared with creator Joss Whedons professed atheism? Is Buffy truly a Kierkegaardian knight of faith? Do Faiths corruption and return to the good life demonstrate Platonic eudaimonism? Or do they illustrate the flaws in Nietzsches superman concept? What does the shows 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. Buffys 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.
This lively collection of essays links classical philosophy to the hit television series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"--a show that explores the evil underlying everyday life, making it ripe for the kind of witty, penetrating philosophical analysis this book delivers.
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