<em>Buffy the Vampire Slayer</em> and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale

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



So. If you're kind of killing time between apocalypses or just wondering about the meaning of life thing, here's some readage . . . Look, these guys'll I-think-therefore-I-am you into the freaking ground. And the happy is better than shoe shopping. What? If I don't consult the oracle I'll, like, turn to stone? Well, yeah, if not already.

"the result is spectacular—brain candy, deep philosophical reflection, and pedagogical tool."

—Peter Ludlow, editor of Crypto-Anarchy, Cyberstates, and Pirate Utopias

"The ideal reader for this book would be a fan as well, one currently struggling through Philosophy 101."

Sci-Fi Magazine

"Whether you see Buffy as a sympathetic satire of teenage life, a feminist adventure, a political parable, a postmodern bildungsroman, a semipornographic soap opera, or a morality tale, there are essays here to set you, well, philosophizing."




Publication Date



Open Court






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--

<em>Buffy the Vampire Slayer</em> and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale