- Reading level: 18+ years
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Penguin USA; Reprint edition (24 June 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143113879
- ISBN-13: 978-0143113874
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . .: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes Paperback – 24 Jun 2008
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"[Cathcart and Klein] know their stuff, and wear their learnedness lightly, and Plato and a Platypus is a pleasure to read.…I can't help but love this book, and I have been quoting liberally from it" —Philosophy Now
"A Hoot." —Times Literary Supplement
"What happens when you mix corny jokes, one-liners and vaudeville humour with some of life's great lessons? You get an extraordinary read you'll want to share with as many people as possible." —Orlando Sentinel
“The zaniest bestseller of the year.” —The Boston Globe
“I laughed, I learned, I loved it.” —Roy Blount, Jr.
About the Author
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 Lily Tomlin. Daniel Klein lives in Massachusetts, and Thomas Cathcart lives in New York City.
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How would you imagine a book of philosophy explained through jokes? I expected a cartoon book with an illustration on every page with a write up on the other side. But this is a genuine attempt to introduce us to the basics of philosophy, though their approach to the subject is light.
So if you have a bowl of fried and salted peanuts ready and would like to know the meaning of life and everything else, just grab this book and get ready .. to laugh out your ignorance, in ripples of enlightenment. A jestful approach to a serious topic, but the final result is not something to joke about.
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