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Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar
By (author) Thomas Cathcart

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This New York Times bestseller is the hilarious philosophy course everyone wishes they’d had in school Outrageously funny, “Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar” . . . has been a breakout bestseller ever since authors–and born vaudevillians–Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein did their schtick on NPR’s “Weekend Edition.” Lively, original, and powerfully informative, “Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar” . . . is a not-so-reverent crash course through the great philosophical thinkers and traditions, from Existentialism (“What do Hegel and Bette Midler have in common?”) to Logic (“Sherlock Holmes never deduced anything”). Philosophy 101 for those who like to take the heavy stuff lightly, this is a joy to read–and finally, it all makes sense! Watch a QuickTime trailer for this book.

Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar – Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes is a book that explains basic philosophical concepts through classic jokes. Thomas Wilson Cathcart and Daniel Martin Klein, graduates of Harvard in philosophy, collaborated on the book. The book became a bestseller soon after publication. It has been translated into 25 languages and appeared on bestseller lists in the United States, France, and Israel.

Plato and a Platypus examines the classic categories of philosophy, with concepts explained or illustrated by jokes.

The concept behind the book in the Introduction: “The construction and payoff of jokes and the construction and payoff of philosophical concepts are made out of the same stuff. They tease the mind in the same ways…philosophy and jokes proceed from the same impulse: to confound our sense of the way things are, to flip our worlds upside down, and to ferret out hidden, often uncomfortable, truths about life. What the philosopher calls an insight, the gagster calls a zinger

Publisher: Penguin Books
Published: 01 July 2008
Format: Paperback 224 pages
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Categories: Philosophy History Of Western Philosophy Humour Jokes & Riddles
ISBN 13: 9780143113874 ISBN 10: 0143113879
Sales rank: 5,414

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