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By James B. South

Twenty-three essays by way of younger specialist philosophers study an important moral and metaphysical facets of the Buffyverse (the international of Buffy). notwithstanding the exhibit already attracted a lot scholarly realization, this can be the 1st booklet to completely disinter the highbrow matters. Designed through Whedon as a multilevel tale with so much of its meanings deeply buried in lots of heavy irony, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has changed The X-Files because the exhibit that explains to american citizens the character of the robust forces of evil continuously threatening to surge into our global of daily decency and crush it. within the culture of the vintage horror movies Buffy the Vampire Slayer addresses moral concerns that experience lengthy interested audiences. This booklet attracts out the moral and metaphysical classes from a pop-culture phenomenon.

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Friends . . just the kill . . we . . are . . alone” (“Restless”). Despite all this, Buffy’s sense of self is deeply relational. Her identity as the Slayer was revealed very early on to best pals Willow and Xander, and then to a widening circle of friends. Buffy considers the “Scooby Gang,” as her friends are known, crucial to her ability to fight evil. And this is another way of saying she sees them as essential to her very identity, since slaying for Buffy is not just a job, but rather who she is.

What is good? ”) that is grounded in—and foregrounds—feminism, defined loosely as a commitment to 1 Quoted in R. htm. com (21 June 2002). 35 Buffy 4th 2/19/11 36 2:19 AM Page 36 Jessica Prata Miller ending sexism and oppression. Some feminist ethicists focus on those practical problems that the women’s movement first brought to public awareness, such as domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and economic discrimination. 3 But other feminist ethicists focus on what is called “moral orientation,” that is, how gender affects the way people see themselves and others as moral beings, the way they construct moral issues and dilemmas, and the resources they use to solve them.

According Buffy 4th 2/19/11 28 2:19 AM Page 28 Karl Schudt to traditional morality, the killing of a human being is a serious matter, even when it occurs by accident or through negligence. But Faith has decided that she need not worry about such things. When Buffy confronts her saying “You killed a man,” Faith responds with a smile: “No, you don’t get it. ” This accidental killing becomes a moment of discovery for Faith. Having gotten away with one killing, she finds that any reason for her not to kill has vanished.

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