The Philosophy of Joss Whedon

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Every generation produces a counterculture icon. Joss Whedon, creater of the long-running television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is famed for his subversive wit, rich characters, and extraordinary plotlines. His renown has only grown with subsequent creations, including Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, and the innovative online series Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Through premises as unusual as a supernatural detective agency run by a vampire and a Western set in outer space, Whedon weaves stories about ...
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Overview

Every generation produces a counterculture icon. Joss Whedon, creater of the long-running television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is famed for his subversive wit, rich characters, and extraordinary plotlines. His renown has only grown with subsequent creations, including Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, and the innovative online series Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Through premises as unusual as a supernatural detective agency run by a vampire and a Western set in outer space, Whedon weaves stories about characters forced to make commonplace moral decisions under the most bizarre of circumstances.

The Philosophy of Joss Whedon examines Whedon's plots and characterizations to reveal their philosophical takes on the limits of personal freedom, sexual morality, radical evil, and Daoism.

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"Focused on the philosophical musings evoked by Whedon and company's rich televisual, filmic, web, and comic book texts, the collection proves simultaneously accessible and substantive, while also confirming and extending a substantial body of work by the community of Whedon scholars. Most commendably, the authors' manage to teach readers-students, professors, and fans-just as much about Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Sartre, and Nietzsche as about Malcolm Reynolds, the spaceship Serenity, Cordelia Chase, Billy/Dr. Horrible, and Caroline Farrell/Echo.--Tanya R. Cochran, coeditor of Investigating Firefly and Serenity: Science Fiction on the Frontier" --

""The Philosophy of Joss Whedon is a necessity for any Whedonite's nerdy library."--Examiner.com" --

""Whedon has also been a hot topic in the movie world lately, having written The Cabin in the Woods... as well as Marvel Comics' much-anticipated The Avengers, which he also directed."--On Milwaukee" --

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813134192
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 12/21/2011
  • Series: The Philosophy of Popular Culture Series
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 741,784
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dean A. Kowalski, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, is editor of The Philosophy of The X-Files and Steven Spielberg and Philosophy: We're Gonna Need a Bigger Book. He lives in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

S. Evan Kreider, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, is a contributor to The Philosophy of The X-Files. He lives in Appleton, Wisconsin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    I love Angel

    Though its no longer a supernatural detective agency as it is a law firm of demon from hell making it more like how life in the lawer world really is.

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