Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes
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 P ...more
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I suppose their section on "Feminist Philosophy" aims to answer nay-sayers. No answers for this reader, though. I don't appreciate jokesters who hide behind a cloud of "politically incorrect feminism" then chastise an audience they purport won't get their jokes.
Not sure why it's still so acceptable to tell "Je ...more
But... this book is also a very solid introduction to philosophy and logic. If read slowly and thoroughly, one can learn a solid foundation of the important principal ...more
A classic example of a philosophical answer to the question - "Who/ what art thou?"
This book is filled with similar jokes, which the authors link to various philosophical schools of thought. Some of ...more
Norman began to hyperventilate when he saw the doctor. "I'm sure I've got liver disease."
"That's ridiculous," said the doctor. "You'd never know if you had liver disease. There's no discomfort of any kind."
"Exactly!" said Norman. "Those a ...more
The point is, philosophy never really made an impact on me. I mean, I get it - Philosophy is supposed ...more
Shame, because this *kind* of book is totally up my alley. Just... it's such a shallow overview of philosophies, and often tim ...more
Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein are Harvard philosophy majors who understand that the rest of us don't know what the hell Nietzsche is talking about. They break the discipline down into its major strands, mixing clever and comical descriptions with hilarious jokes that show the true essence of each philosophy. Read below to see what I mean:
Phenomenology- understanding the human experience as it is lived rather than obj ...more
In France, there are at least about ten monthly magazines which speak about it, and often well. They broach banal subjects of quotidian life and they analyze thus by using from Plato to Heidegger. It is undoubtedly the origin of success.
In our society in lack of references, the readers seeks values which make sense. To speak philosophy start ...more
An eighty year old woman burst into the men's room at the retirement home. She holds her clenched fist in the air and announces "Anyone who can guess what I have in my hand can have sex with me tonight"!
An old man in the back shouts "An elephant."
The old woman thinks for a moment and says "Close enough!"
I wish I had this fast and easy read when I took my first college philosophy class. The professor droned through the subject like he was on downers (he probably was) and the only thing of substan ...more
you haven't lived until you think about death all the time".
Customer in a restaurant: How do you prepare your chickens?
Cook: Oh, nothing special really. We just tell them they're gonna die. Joke:>)
On the philosophy of religion:
Jesus was walking through the streets when he noticed a crowd of people throwing stones at an adulteress. Jesus said/"Let whosoever is without sin cast the first stone." Suddenly a rock flew through the air. ...more
That seems to be the impression one gets from reading "Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar", by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, who deliver a quick survey of western philosophy using jokes. Yes, those stupid, absurd expressions of illogic that can also be profound and meaningful.
From Metaphysics to Meta-Philosophy, Cathcart and Klein explain the simple nuances and wrinkles of thought. Each philosophical concept gets its own punch ...more
Mình bắt đầu cuốn này với kỳ vọng hơi cao: trước đó đã biết tới sách qua mấy đứa bạn, rồi được recommend đọc từ một thành viên trong nhóm đọc sách của mình.
Plato và con thú mỏ vịt bước vào quán bar, như tên gọi: Hiểu Triết học thông qua truyện cười. Nhưng như một review ở trên này, dường như tiêu đề theo hướng ngược lại thì đúng hơn: Hiểu truyện cười thông qua triết học. 2 tác giả lướt qua về rất nhiều nhánh trong triết học, mỗi nhánh đều có một hai câu chuyện nhằm diễn giải cho người ...more
Un libro para manosear, subrayar y tener siempre cerca.
"Plato và con thú mỏ vịt bước vào quán bar" là một cuốn sách kỳ lạ về triết học. Nó đề cập đến các trường phái hoặc lý luận triết học theo hướng hài hước thông qua các câu chuyện cười. Từ "siêu hình học", "logic học", "triết học tôn giáo", "chủ nghĩa hiện sinh ...more
The premise is this: Philosophy has hundreds of branches. These branches, all of them, can be elucidated by studying jokes. The book is organized into various chapters of philosophical categories: Epistemology, Metaphysics, Natural Language, Religion...etc. The authors would tell a joke and use it to explain a tenet of some philosopher.
And it works. The jokes help. I will say this though, som ...more
(view spoiler)[ Moses hits the ball which flies up and then lands in pool of water , he walks up to it, raises his arms, the waters part, and he plays his next shot. Jesus steps up, strikes the ball which flies up and then lands in a pool of water. Jesus walks out over the waters and then plays his ...more
This books makes you laugh really loud and has some of the best clean jokes ever. It is a very light read and easily makes you think about real things. If you like philosophy and don't mind talking about grand ideas or try to ask the eternal questions like:"Why we are here ?" or similar things you will not find it in this book but you are guaranteed a good read and some fun in the process while educating yourself or at least refresh philosophical concepts you might have forgotten ...more