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!
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by Thomas Cathcart, Daniel Klein
by Rob Thomas
by Suzy Kline
by Elizabeth Carney
by Brady Barr, Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
by Aline Alexander Newman
by Amy Shields
"Cathcart and Klein, both Harvard graduates in philosophy, have put together a book that illustrates major philosophical ideas with jokes--what the authors call "philogagging." Of course, it's not really about understanding existentialism or Kant's categorical imperative--it's about the jokes. Some are groaners, to be sure, but most are genuinely funny, and several will make you laugh out loud, thanks to the delivery of Johnny Heller, who also does work as stand-up comic. In particular, there are a lot of Jewish and Irish jokes, though none are likely to offend. Heller's accents are uneven, but he knows how to deliver a gag with just the right timing. As Socrates said when he drank the hemlock--this stuff slays me. D.B. 2008 Audies Finalist (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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