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In Discworld, unlike our own frustrating Roundworld, everything makes sense. The world is held up by elephants standing on the back of a swimming turtle who knows where he’s going, the sun goes round the world every day, so it doesn’t have to be very hot, and things always happen because someone intends them to happen. Millions of fans are addicted to Pratchett’s Discworld, and the interest has only intensified since Pratchett’s recent death and the release of his final Discworld novel, The Shepherd’s Crown, in September 2015.
The philosophical riches of Discworld are inexhaustible, yet the brave explorers of Discworld and Philosophy cover a lot of ground. From discussion of Moist von Lipwig’s con artistry showing the essential con of the financial system, to the examination of everyone’s favorite Discworld character, the murderous luggage, to the lawless Mac Nac Feegles and what they tell us about civil government, to the character Death as he appears in several Discworld novels, Discworld and Philosophy gives us an in-depth treatment of Pratchett’s magical universe. Other chapters look at the power of Discworld’s witches, the moral viewpoint of the golems, how William de Worde’s newspaper illuminates the issue of censorship, how fate and luck interact to shape our lives, and why the more simple and straightforward Discworld characters are so much better at seeing the truth than those with enormous intellects but little common sense.
Open Court; August 2016
- ISBN 9780812699234
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- Title: Discworld and Philosophy
- Author: Nicolas Michaud (ed.)
Imprint: Open Court
About The Author
Nicolas Michaud is an assistant professor of philosophy at Florida State College, Jacksonville. He is the editor of Dracula and Philosophy (2015), Jurassic Park and Philosophy (2014), Frankenstein and Philosophy (2013), and Hunger Games and Philosophy (2012). Dr. Michaud regularly appears on WJCT Jacksonville radio discussing film and philosophy. He lives in Jacksonville, FL.