Philosophy and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Palgrave-Macmillan (2012)
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[Adapted from the book's back-cover:] 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 tries hard to combine accessibility – and some humour – with rigour. The book contains an introduction, nine chapters (all originally unpublished, save one that has been reworked for the volume), a glossary, and multiple indexes. Topics covered include the meaning of life (and ‘42’), vegetarianism, the ethics of entertainment, artificial intelligence, parallel universes, God, and philosophical method.
Keywords Philosophy in literature  Humour  Meaning of life  Ethics  Metaphysics  Logic  Philosophical method
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Call number PR6051.D3352.Z84 2012
ISBN(s) 9780230291126   0230291120
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