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

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Here's a lively, hilarious, not-so-reverent crash course through the great philosophical traditions, schools, concepts, and thinkers. It's Philosophy 101 for those who know not to take all this heavy stuff too seriously. (Philosophy)

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Jul 16, 2014

Very entertaining

Book is full of jokes. Somer are old and familiar, but still entertaining in use as thinking strategy with text subject. Most are new (to me) and most are suite humourous.
I may buy several more for Xmas gifts to add an uplift to friends and family.


Jul 12, 2011

A thoughtful riot!

I really enjoyed this book -- so much in fact, that when I picked it up and read a part of it in a bookstore, it was painful for me to then wait to receive it after ordering it online! It's filled to the brim with jokes and though at some points they can distract, overall, they help to keep the tone less heavy. I'm not a philosophy major nor do I have any credentials that would make me one to say whether this is a full introduction or whether it's thorough or not, however, as a layperson, I feel as if I've gotten a nice, broad introduction to philosophy with a lot of humor. This book doesn't use many esoteric terms that will lose you, it's funny, straightforward, and thought provoking. I really liked it and my 4 star review only comes because: 1. there wasn't an option for 4 1/2 stars and 2. because it got very thick at just a few points (too much so for this layperson as I feared it might lose me). Though overall, definitely worth a read! I recommend it wholeheartedly!


Sep 4, 2010

A fun review of broad issues in philosophy that manages to provoke thought yet also amuse. The jokes illustrate the points beautifully. I found myself wanting to share the jokes with others -- a danger if they are trying to read at the same time.


Aug 16, 2007

Frolicsome learning

What a great way to learn about philosophy. This book is fun, informative and easily digested. I read it in a sitting or two and now return to it frequently to re-read bits and pieces.

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