Ooh! There’s a new book coming out on 19th December titled Philosophy and Terry Pratchett. Two professional philosophers, James South and Jacob Held, are releasing a collection of essays on Pratchett and Discworld.
I doubt this will come as a surprise to Pratchett fans. We all already know that he is a brilliant modern philosopher, and quote him constantly in conversations about everything from politics to cats. It was only a matter of time.
I wanted to pick a few quotes to highlight this post with, but the problem with choosing which Pratchett quote to highlight is that I simply want to quote them all. And considering his books are pretty much quotable in their entirety, the temptation is to simply reproduce the lot, which would not only be time-consuming but will also get me into trouble.
So, just a few of my favourites:
“Things just happen. What the hell.”
“The trouble was that he was talking in philosophy but they were listening in gibberish.”
“Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying ‘End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH’, the paint wouldn’t even have time to dry.”
“There are hardly any excesses of the most crazed psychopath that cannot easily be duplicated by a normal kindly family man who just comes in to work every day and has a job to do.”
If anyone who hasn’t read any Terry Pratchett is reading this: uh, go do that right now. Seriously. He’s much more entertaining than I am.