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

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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: ...

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tgwhittier

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.

Larys

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!

green99

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.

rosevines

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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