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Philosophy and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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Edited by Nicholas Joll
July 2012 | Paperback | 9780230291126 | 324 pages


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About the book


This is the 'philosophy and. .' book that really needed to be written – because it is about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. For (to paraphrase the great man himself) Hitchhiker's is not above a little philosophy in the same way that the sea is not above the sky. Moreover: this edited collection combines accessibility – and some humour – with rigour. It contains an introduction, nine chapters, a glossary, and multiple indexes. Topics covered include the meaning of life (and '42'), vegetarianism, the ethics of entertainment, artificial intelligence, multiple worlds, God, and philosophical method.

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements ('thanks for all the fish')
Introduction Nicholas Joll
Notes on Contributors

PART I: ETHICS
'Eat Me': Vegetarianism and Consenting Animals; B.Saunders & E.Harding
Mostly Harmless? Hitchhiker's and the Ethics of Entertainment; N.Joll

PART II: THE MEANING OF LIFE
Life, the Universe, and Absurdity; A.Kind
The Wowbagger Case: Immortality and What Makes Life Meaningful; T.Chappell

PART III: METAPHYSICS AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
'I Think You Ought To Know I'm Feeling Very Depressed': Marvin and Artificial Intelligence; J.Goodenough
From Deep Thought to Digital Metaphysics; B.Dainton

PART IV: LOGIC, METHOD, AND SATIRE
'God . . Promptly Vanishes in a Puff of Logic'; M.Friend
The Judo Principle, Philosophical Method, and the Logic of Jokes; A.Aberdein
The Funniest of All Improbable Worlds – Hitchhiker's as Philosophical Satire; A.Pawlak & N.Joll

Glossary
Bibliography (of Adams, Philosophy, and Everything)
Indexes


Author biography

NICHOLAS JOLL has taught philosophy at several universities including the University of Hertfordshire, UK, where he is currently a Visiting Lecturer, and the Open University, UK. His publications include several papers on the philosophy of T.W Adorno and two pieces on the philosophy of philosophy.