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Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar... Understanding Philoso... by Thomas Cathcart
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Jan 07, 2010

really liked it
Read in December, 2009

In Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar… by Thomas Cathcart & Daniel Klein the authors use jokes to illustrate a wide variety of philosophical schools of thought. Sometimes they do it with great intelligence and deftness, sometimes not so much. Most of the jokes are quite funny, with an occasional belly-buster, but some do fall a little flat.

But the jokes are only a vehicle for the authors to open the door for the layman to understand different philosophical thoughts. For the most part, they are successful in this venture, but there are a few sections which I didn’t understand any better after reading them than I did before. Overall, however, the book seems to be meant only to introduce the reader to philosophy, leaving it to them to explore different concepts on their own.

What this book really accomplishes is make philosophy accessable to readers who have had little to no exposure to it.

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12/17/2009 page 88
40.93% "An enjoyable, if at times a bit brief, attempt to illustrate various schools of philosophy through jokes."
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