Plato And A Platypus Walk Into A Bar . . .: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes

Paperback | June 24, 2008

byThomas Cathcart, Daniel Klein

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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!

And now, you can read Daniel Klein's further musings on life and philosophy in Travels with Epicurus and Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change it.

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This New York Times bestseller is the hilarious philosophy course everyone wishes they’d had in schoolOutrageously 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 pow...

Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein pursued the usual careers after majoring in philosophy at Harvard. Tom has worked with street gangs in Chicago, doctors at Blue Cross Blue Shield, and has dropped out of various divinity schools. Daniel has written several novels and nonfiction books as well as jokes for comedians like Flip Wilson and L...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7 × 5.1 × 0.57 inPublished:June 24, 2008Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143113879

ISBN - 13:9780143113874

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bright concept It's definitely a fresh take on a subject that has been around for centuries and I was certainly entertained by the subject matter, however, it gets repetitive and slightly boring about 3/4 of the way through. A great introduction to those interested in philosophy and a fresh take for those who have studied it before
Date published: 2010-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding! The Authorship is genius! This quirky little book will bring a smile to anyone’s face of a more mature, adult audience; whether to a Philosophy professor or to the average reader, it will not fail to entertain. It is written in a way that sets the framework for a basic understanding of the different subjects of Philosophy while keeping your attention the whole way through. You'll not want to put it down! This is a great read for anyone who wants to learn about Philosophy without having to feel inferior by not understanding all of the wordy and complex theories of the "Great Philosophical Brains" of both ancient and recent history. I am presently pursuing college studies and am venturing further and deeper into the world of Philosophy. From my past reading experience I confirm that this is a light-hearted yet still an authoritative read as a sub-introduction to understanding the general gist of the Philosophy world and where it comes from. This book is a must have for anyone wishing to stretch their boundaries from the basic daily reads and concepts of general fiction and non-fiction and so on. I trust that after reading through this book you will not only come away feeling smarter and more aware, but also have many good laughs along the way with some good jokes to tell your friends. P.S: Don’t think about it. Just go out and buy it, you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2008-08-27

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“The zaniest bestseller of the year.”—The Boston Globe

“I laughed, I learned, I loved it.”—Roy Blount, Jr.