By James B. South

ISBN-10: 0812695313

ISBN-13: 9780812695311

Twenty-three essays by means of younger specialist philosophers research the most important moral and metaphysical elements of the Buffyverse (the global of Buffy). notwithstanding the exhibit already attracted a lot scholarly realization, this can be the 1st e-book to completely disinter the highbrow concerns. Designed by way of Whedon as a multilevel tale with so much of its meanings deeply buried in tons of heavy irony, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has changed The X-Files because the exhibit that explains to american citizens the character of the strong forces of evil always threatening to surge into our international of daily decency and weigh down it. within the culture of the vintage horror movies 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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If the strong ceases to act in a strong way, he or she is no longer strong. Expecting the strong not to exercise strength is like expecting an eagle not to eat mice. The concept of the soul that needs to be saved and that can conquer the instincts of the flesh (see St. Paul) is an invention of the slaves to justify their subjugation of the strong. There is no core to a human being that could restrain activity; there are only the effects of the will. ”9 The only way one could restrain strength is by some sort of self-torture.

This is the overman, the human who is to come, or at least ought to come, in order to justify the whole history of mankind. ”14 This is not done out of malice, but out of a search for beauty in life. Nietzsche gives a long description of the overman in The Will to Power:15 13 Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, pp. 40–41. , p. 78. 15 A posthumously published work, and so a book of which to be suspicious, but still worthwhile in gathering good quotations. 16 We can see in this an apt description of the mayor: he shows no malice, no evil desire to kill everyone.

Can we resolve this dispute rationally? Nietzsche quite correctly points out that we cannot. But what I have attempted to do is show that an empathetic evaluation of the two alternatives will lead most people to reject Nietzsche. Look closely at the sort of person Faith is. She has become a hired killer, and has no friends, no society. It seems that Faith herself recognizes the undesirability of her position. ”) The words do not apply to Buffy, but to Faith herself. She is attempting to distance herself from the life that she has made for herself.

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