The Philosophy of Joss Whedon

The Philosophy of Joss Whedon

The Philosophy of Popular Culture

Edited by Dean A. Kowalski and S. Evan Kreider

Contributions by David Baggett, Joseph J. Foy, S. Evan Kreider, Dean A. Kowalski, Jason D. Grinnell, Amy H. Sturgis, Tait Szabo, Patricia Brace, Robin Murphy, Gary Heba, Joseph J. Foy, Dean A. Kowalski, James B. South, Susanne E. Foster, Lisa Hager and Roger P. Ebertz

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

Imprint: The University Press of Kentucky

248 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in

  • Hardcover
  • 9780813134192
  • Published: January 2012



Every generation produces a counterculture icon. Joss Whedon, creator 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.