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    DescriptionThis lively crash course in philosophy takes us on a hilarious - and at the same time, profound - tour through the great philosophical traditions, schools, concepts and thinkers. All with a light touch. As if being led on an intellectual adventure by a brilliant stand-up comic, the reader experiences light-hearted excursions through this weightiest of disciplines - laughing all the way. A ribald refresher course for those in-the-know or hilarious starter class, this makes Big Ideas a hoot to understand. Topics include: Logic (Sherlock Holmes never deduced anything!), analogies, fallacies, circular arguments, paradoxes Kant's antinomies, Social & Political Philosophy (Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau were probably nudists!), Philosophy of Religion (a priest and a rabbi are stranded on a desert island...), Existentialism (what do Hegel and Bette Midler have in common?), Ethics and Aesthetics (a dog and a cat are sitting in this tree...), Epistemology (how do you know that you know the stuff you know?), Language ("it depends what your definition of is") and more...

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    Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar...
    Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Thomas Cathcart, By (author) Daniel Klein
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 178 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    ISBN 13: 9780810914933
    ISBN 10: 081091493X

    BIC E4L: PHI
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BISAC V2.8: PHI000000
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: HP
    B&T General Subject: 460
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    B&T Approval Code: A23306000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A10010000
    BISAC V2.8: PHI009000
    DC22: 100
    BISAC V2.8: HUM003000
    Libri: ENGM1820, PHIL8004
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15210
    DC22: 102/.07
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    LC classification: BD31 .C38 2006
    Illustrations note
    cl/bw8/tt8 illustrations, cl/bw/tt photographs
    Imprint name
    Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
    Publication date
    01 May 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Tom Cathcart and Daniel Klein pursued the usual careers after majoring in philosophy at Harvard. Tom worked with street gangs in Chicago, doctors at Blue Cross and Blue Shield, as a probation officer and as COO of a hospital, while dropping in and out of various divinity schools. His essay, The Ontological Argument Works! (Sort Of) appeared recently in Theology Today. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod. Dan has written jokes for various comedians including Flip Wilson and Lily Tomlin, designed stunts for Candid Camera, authored several thrillers and mysteries, including the Elvis Presley detective series and ghost-written a best-selling sex manual. He lives with his wife in the Berkshires. Together, they are authors of the politically-incorrect book of daily affirmations, Macho Meditations.