In honor of the occasion, here are ten weird but true facts about the novel and the series it spawned. The novels were adapted into a TV mini-series, followed by a computer game, a comic book mini-series, and three more novels, which were in turn adapted into radio comedies.
Years ago I was set to spend a full weekend in my apartment, as it was forecast to snow outside. I decided that I needed some good reading to keep me company. And yet, as this volume edited by Nicholas Joll amply demonstrates, there is quite a bit of philosophy interspersed through the Guide — regardless of whether Adams was doing philosophical satire in the sense of satire of philosophy or through philosophy, or, as Alexander Pawlak and Joll note in the excellent last essay of the collection, very likely both.
Some of these books turn out better than others. This collection is perhaps one of the best examples to date although I also truly enjoyed Doctor Who and Philosophy, which I reviewed in Philosophy Now Issue These are ethics beginning with the genetically engineered bovine who tries to talk the customers of Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, into eating him ; the meaning of life 42, what else?
In it he introduced his readers to Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged, an immortal being who is having a hard time coming up with something meaningful to do with his life. Wowbagger, being immortal, has ended up having done everything one can possibly want to do, many times over.
His answer is to invent a game. He decides to go around insulting every sentient being in the universe, personally and in alphabetical order. That ought to keep him busy for a while. However, the question of immortality is philosophically serious — as classically illustrated by the famous essay penned by Bernard Williams in his Problems of the Self on the play The Makropulos Case.
It is far less clear that they have thought enough about what life inside a computer might be like, and especially whether it would be something worth living. Although Chappell engages with Williams but, curiously, not with the Singularity crowd he does so through what I maintain is the modern equivalent of philosophical cheating: Many philosophers would avoid that move nowadays, and for good reasons, varying from the untenability of the existence of God to the exceedingly vague nature of the concept itself, which allows one to deploy God as a general solution to any problem by way of ad hoc assumptions concerning His characteristics.
At the conclusion of his argument, Chappell states: To begin with, according to Pawlak and Joll, we can ask: Then we can ask what explains the character of existence; what is the cause of life?
But what explains life being caused in the first place? What is the purpose of life? Maybe such purpose is assigned to us by a higher being; or perhaps there is another purpose that can somehow be found; or perhaps we make it up according to our desires and reflections you might have guessed that I much prefer the last possibility.
Finally, all three questions considered so far feed into the last one: That is, what should we do with our lives?
A panoply of answers can be considered here: But the point is, a single table in a single chapter of this book will keep you thinking and discussing for many hours on end. So long, and thanks for all the fish.
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