Synopses & Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Table of Contents
Faith and Plato : "You're nothing! Disgusting, murderous bitch!" /Greg Forster --Also sprach Faith : the problem of the happy rogue vampire slayer /Karl Schudt --"The I in team" : Buffy and feminist ethics /Jessica Prata Miller --Buffy the vampire slayer as feminist noir /Thomas Hibbs --Feminism and the ethics of violence : why Buffy kicks ass /Mimi Marinucci --Balderdash and chicanery : science and beyond /Andrew Aberdein --Pluralism, pragmatism, and pals : the slayer subverts the science wars /Madeline M. Muntersbjorn --Between heaven and hells : the multidimensional universe in Kant and Buffy the vampire slayer /James Lawler --Buffy goes to college, Adam murders to dissect : education and knowledge in a postmodern world /Toby Daspit --"My God, it's like a Greek tragedy" : Willow Rosenberg and human irrationality /James B. South --Should we do what Buffy would do? /Jason Kawal --Passion and action : in and out of control /Carolyn Korsmeyer --Buffy in the buff : a slayer's solution to Aristotle's love paradox /Melissa M. Milavec and Sharon M. Kaye --A Kantian analysis of moral judgment in Buffy the vampire slayer /Scott R. Stroud --Brownskirts : fascism, Christianity, and the eternal demon /Neal King --Prophecy girl and the powers that be : the philosophy of religion in the Buffyverse /Wendy Love Anderson --Justifying the means : punishment in the Buffyverse /Jacob M. Held --No big win : themes of sacrifice, salvation, and redemption /Gregory J. Sakal --Old familiar vampires : the politics of the Buffyverse /Jeffrey L. Pasley --Morality on television : the case of Buffy the vampire slayer /Richard Greene and Wayne Yuen --High school is hell : metaphor made literal in Buffy the vampire slayer /Tracy Little --Feeling for Buffy : the girl next door /Michael Levine and Steven Jay Schneider.