Nicholas Joll (philosopher)

*Philosophy and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy* [book]

     The Hitchhiker books (/radio series/television series/et cetera) by Douglas Adams are philosophical. (If you need proof, please see here.) Indeed, they are so very philosophical that something like the book pictured below needed to exist – and now it does.

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News

The book’s publishers are running a sale (until midnight,  31 August 2014) – see below under ‘buy the book’.

‘Oh No, Not Again': I feature along with various interesting people – including a man who trains astronauts – in this podcast on ‘the work, ideas and philosophical jokes of Douglas Adams’.

My essay ‘The Finest and the Third Worst: Aesthetics and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ has been published on the fine blog interestingliterature.com. (If you are using the Chrome browser, the text on that blog may not look good. If so, you could use another browser to view the material. I can report that in Internet Explorer it looks well.)

Julian Baggini on the World Service’s Newshour programme (via BBC Listen Again) on Hitchhiker’s and how it is philosophical. That material starts 47 minutes through.

The slides from my Hitchhiker’s Towel Day talk (at Cambridge Central Library, May 25th 2013).

Radio interview from 12/09/2012: I discuss Philosophy and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy with Sean Moncrieff (a philosophy graduate!) on Newstalk Ireland.

Buy the book (in handsome paperback or rather nice e-book), from:

Excerpts (try before you buy!)

  1. the book’s front matter (PDF file) including the preface and the contents pages (the latter being separately available as a JPG) (and this whole bundle is the one available via the ‘send to’ link in the sidebar on the right of this page) ©
  2. part of the Introduction (PDF) ©
  3. the book’s index of ‘philosophers, sages, luminaries, and other thinking persons’ (webpage) ©; and here is a list of contributors to the book
  4. a larger image of the cover (in a PDF). ©

ILLUSTRATION: The start of Adams's *Restaurant at the End of the Universe* (image hosted by imgur.com)ILLUSTRATION: Getting philosophy out of academe

Written by Nicholas Joll

July 23, 2012 at 3:01 PM

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