Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale

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James B. South
Open Court, 2003 - Performing Arts - 335 pages
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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 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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Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale (Popular Culture and Philosophy #4)

User Review  - Kristine - Goodreads

So, I'm all for a psychological view into a series such as Buffy that I love. But honestly, I didn't need to read four different people's views on the same character, in which all four reference the same psychological theories, beliefs, etc. Read full review

Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale (Popular Culture and Philosophy #4)

User Review  - Mindy - Goodreads

Ahhh it's so much fun to pick apart Buffy! This book gives me fodder for rethinking and re-watching. Don't agree with all of the essays? No big deal- it gives you the opportunity to re -watch and come up with your own take. This book is just good fun. Read full review

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James B. South is associate professor of philosophy at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

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