Discworld and Philosophy: Reality Is Not What it Seems


Discworld and Philosopy Talk about excellent timing! Open Court Publishing just released Discworld and Philosophy: Reality Is Not What it Seems, and boy do the chapters in this book ring home with our current political climate. While we are discussing Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, tied in with famous philosophical concepts, so much of this book focuses on issues that are big news today. Sure we might be talking about race under the guise of Golems’ rights, but the meaning and concepts are there all the same. This new collection, edited by Nicholas Michaud, covers the concepts of philosophy with the always interesting cast of Discworld characters.

Sir Terry Pratchett was a brilliant mind with a gift for wordplay. Sadly, his death in 2016 ended his most popular series. With over 40 books in the Discworld series alone, Pratchett was certainly prolific. His books are lighthearted fun, yet often include social commentary under the guise of clever passages and character names.

Whether Discworld or Philosophy are your focus, you will enjoy Discworld and Philosophy: Reality Is Not What it Seems As someone who had read only a few books by Pratchett, I was still able to follow along with the concepts being discussed and the incredibly strong examples at play. Each chapter is written by a different author, thus covering a huge variety of topics. This is the type of book you can read to give you a refresher on Discworld, while also discussing Hume and Plato at the same time.

I greatly enjoyed Discworld and Philosophy: Reality Is Not What it Seems. With our current political atmosphere, this book focuses on areas of race and difficult decision making. It’s certainly worth a read before November.

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