yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (DevilYouKnow: indulging_breck)
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Re-Integration

We know of at least three human souls that were brought back from death and re-united with the physical body a vampire had taken over -- Angel, Darla, and Spike. As mentioned earlier Darla returned fully human, so the demon who had killed her did not get pulled back. Instead, Darla was revamped later by Dru.

One question I have about vampires is whether they are all the same demon (essentially, clones) or if each demon is somehow unique apart from its human host. It does not seem likely, for example, that the same demon who was killed in Buffy S1 is somehow restored to Darla's body once she's revamped in Angel S2. But if the vampire parasite just creates clones of itself when it finds a human
host, the question becomes somewhat irrelevant. Darla's human brain retained the memory of its life as a demon because the physical form was restored from its point of destruction (in Buffy S1) but with the original human inhabitant restored from its demise in 1609. Read more... )
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (DevilYouKnow: indulging_breck)
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As the Buffyverse developed, the issue of souls and soulessness became increasingly muddled. In Buffy's early seasons the soul was presented as a form of morality leash on vampires, though its actual definition was a little hazy. As the Buffyverse expanded, particularly on Angel, the mix of demons and humans up to no good made it quite obvious that souls were no guarantee of good behavior, nor was their absence a guarantee of violence and evil deeds. So why is it that the issue of souls for vampires is so key to the presence of morality? Read more... )
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (DevilYouKnow: indulging_breck)
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I was considering something I mentioned in a discussion about "This is the Picture", which was the repeated use of young women as mentally ill or institutionalized in Joss Whedon's work and how Spike was a rare male recurring character who was shown in the same way. That led me to thinking more about his ensoulment and what a human soul even means in the Buffyverse.

Getting a Soul

There has been, in Buffy fandom, a vigorous debate about what the writers intended to do at the end of S6 with Spike's storyline. Was he always intended to get his soul? The official story is yes but there has always been doubt on this topic. And I'm not sure why because, to my eyes, nothing else really made any sense. Read more... )
[identity profile] mabus101.livejournal.com
Author: [profile] mabus101
Summary:[Does Harmony actually have a point here? Could she (or pre-soul Spike, or any other vampire who wanted to) learn to live a moral life (at least as moral as any ordinary human) without a soul? Or do they inherently not get it?]  Dealing primarily with the metaphysics of souls as they relate to Harmony.
Spoilers: Intermittent through AtS S5
Word Count: about 2400
Notes: [profile] darynthe is to blame for this meta; she suggested that I write about soul metaphysics from a Christian perspective, since that was uncommon.  I'm not sure this was what she had in mind, though.  However, the specific question was from [personal profile] icemink.

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Author: [livejournal.com profile] shapinglight
Summary: The Powers That Be and the Senior Partners: Opposing Forces or Two Names for the Same Group?
Spoilers: AtS seasons 1-5, BtVS season 3
Word count: 3130 approx
Notes: Original question posed by [livejournal.com profile] madame_meretrix. All quotes from The Buffyverse Database. Also, I'm well-aware that I've barely scratched the surface of this topic here but it's a start, I suppose.

The Powers That Be and the Senior Partners: Opposing Forces or Two Names for the Same Group?
[identity profile] erin-starlight.livejournal.com
Author: erin-starlight
Summary: What does it take for Angel to achieve Perfect Happiness.
Spoiler: From BTVS all through ATS.
Word Count: 1956

What does it take for Angel to achieve Perfect Happiness? )
[identity profile] darynthe.livejournal.com
Metaphysics of the soul in the buffyverse
Author;    [profile] darynthe
Summary:   The definition of soul in the Buffyverse, some explanations to paradoxes and a study of the Anima as the ultimate frontier of the soul.  
Spoilers:  Everything there is to spoiled is touched here.
Word count:  About 1900
Notes:  feedback appreciated.  Sorry didn't have a chance to have it betaed.  
Idea;  asked by [personal profile] avidrosettewho gave such good ideas that I took up on them all.


Here.
[identity profile] thatotherperv.livejournal.com
Author: Mel ([livejournal.com profile] thatotherperv)
Summary: the beginning of a meta series I’ve been planning…1.5 essays for the purpose of the Metathon. Why science must be a consideration in the practicalities of vampirism (intro to the eventual series). And the real essay: How a feline model can be used to understand some vampire physiology.
Spoilers: let’s say whole series, just to be safe.
Word count: “It’s just magic” is 807 words, “Vampires as Cats” is 3200.

Notes: For those who don’t know me, a little on my background: My career goal is to be a zoo vet. My bachelor’s is in zoology, sort of split emphasis between ecology and pre-veterinary curriculum. I had a sociology minor in college and I have a Master’s in public policy related to wildlife, which is sort of irrelevant for this, but you know…basically, I’m not a total science egghead. I’ve already begun my DVM, though I’m still early in the curriculum. I often see the world through the prism of the life sciences…including canon.

links to the individual essays behind here )
[identity profile] hotspur18.livejournal.com
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hotspur18
Summary: The nature of the human soul.
Spoilers: All seasons A:tS and Buffy (no comics)
Word count: 2200 (approx)
Notes: [livejournal.com profile] woman_of_'s request for a discussion on 'a Soul does not a good person make. Human evil in BtVS or AtS'
(this has become more a debate on the nature of a soul, but hm. I think it all gets covered…)

The nature of the human soul

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