The Horrific, Moral, and Transcendental
Lecture no. 3 from the course: Monsters Within ...
Taught by Professor Eric R. Williams and 2 others | 33 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Philosophy & Religion Courses
Review various concepts and ideas through history to explain, first, what horror is, and then, why people like horror. Comparing various philosophical views, Professor Breyer considers why we find horrific characters so compelling. He examines the use of three types of monsters through storytelling: the horrific, the moral, and the transcendental. He further considers how as a manifestation of evil, they become teaching tools to help us better confront real-life psychological and physical fears and to help us gain a moral compass to better understand what is right and wrong.