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By James B. South

Twenty-three essays by means of younger specialist philosophers learn an important moral and metaphysical elements of the Buffyverse (the international of Buffy). even though the convey already attracted a lot scholarly awareness, this can be the 1st booklet to completely disinter the highbrow concerns. Designed via 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 robust forces of evil always threatening to surge into our international of daily decency and weigh down it. within the culture of the vintage horror motion pictures Buffy the Vampire Slayer addresses moral matters that experience lengthy interested audiences. This e-book attracts out the moral and metaphysical classes from a pop-culture phenomenon.

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The knightly-aristocratic value judgments presupposed a powerful physicality, a flourish2 Aristotle, Poetics (1453a3), translated by I. Bywater in The Complete Works of Aristotle, edited by Jonathan Barnes (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991). ) The good are the rulers and masters. ”5 The good man is forgetful, unable to hold grudges. Anger is expressed immediately in action. So far, this is an attractive portrait. But Nietzsche goes further: those who are powerful and noble are also cruel without compunction.

Buffy’s longing is the counterpoint to the main plotline, in which the socially inept Warren Mears creates a robot (‘April’) programmed only to love him. Unfortunately, April nearly kills several people in pursuit of this objective. When Warren rejects the robot (“She got boring”), she wonders: “I’m only supposed to love him. If I can’t do that, what am I for? ” The lesson is not lost on Buffy, who says: “look at me obsessing about being with someone. It’s like . . I don’t need a guy right now.

Finally, since it is happiness with Buffy that jeopardizes Angel’s ensoulment, Buffy’s love for Angel itself should have prompted more introspection on the wisdom of becoming close to him again. A second criticism of the ethics of care has been leveled by feminists themselves. While few, if any, feminists quibble with the idea of raising the visibility and value of the emotional labor that women perform, or with extolling the neglected virtues that are associated with femininity, some question whether this perspective takes seriously enough the political context in which all of this occurs.

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