Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar...: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes

Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar...: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes

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By (author) Thomas Cathcart, By (author) Daniel Klein

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  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
  • Format: Hardback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 178mm x 20mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 081091493X
  • ISBN 13: 9780810914933
  • Illustrations note: cl/bw8/tt8 illustrations, cl/bw/tt photographs
  • Sales rank: 148,638

Product description

This 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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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.