Philosophy and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by N. Joll

Philosophy and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

EditorN. Joll

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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 humor – with rigor. 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.

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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.
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Title:Philosophy and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:324 pages, 7.99 × 5 × 0.03 inPublished:July 3, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230291120

ISBN - 13:9780230291126

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Table of 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