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

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8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Delightfully Humorous

I chuckled my way through this book. Anyone who believes philosophy is dull and better relegated to the musty halls of the previous century will be both surprised and delighted by Plato and a Platypus Walk Into A Bar. The book opens with a quotation from Groucho Marx,...
I chuckled my way through this book. Anyone who believes philosophy is dull and better relegated to the musty halls of the previous century will be both surprised and delighted by Plato and a Platypus Walk Into A Bar. The book opens with a quotation from Groucho Marx, thus setting the tone for the future!

What follows is a delightful comparison of age-old philosophy from various schools of thought worldwide to today's modern, confusing and often downright hilarious world. Included in the book are humorous cartoons from several artists, a glossary of philosophical terms and a timeline of great moments in the history of philosophy. I laughed and I learned a bundle. Plato and a Platypus Walk Into A Bar is a must for every librarian, scholar, student, professor or New Age theorist who ever blinked up at the bright sun and quietly asked the question, "Why?" Good for general reading and, in my humble opinion, a most worthy addition to one's permanent library.

posted by AnnBKeller on July 16, 2009

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Entertaining read

This book was an entertaining read on a boring subject. I found it funny and very pertinent.

posted by kyred on April 11, 2010

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  • Posted February 22, 2009

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    Good idea

    This was an amazing idea- use jokes to convey the ideas of great philosophers. I don't know how they compiled all of them, but the result is a brilliant collection of funnies that plunge the reader into concepts of metaphysics, religion, ethics, language- there's a great paraphrase in the language part about why the questions in philosophy are so confusing- it's because they use confusing language (interesting points elaborated on in "Everyone Agrees").

    That really gets to the point- jokes are instant ways to conjoin two disperate ideas-just like philosophy. "Getting" a joke is much like "getting" philosophy and that's why this book is so brilliant and useful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2008

    Interesting book on subject without major interest

    The book reviews and briefly explains some terms and conceps of philosophy , illustrating them with jokes - often quite old ones. Well, some of the philosophical stuff is so arcane that it is difficult to understand even in this way... Book is easy and funny to read - but after having read it I define philosophy as ' the thoughts and knowledge which doesn't have any significance in real life', so , IMHO, you'll not suffer if you don't read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2007

    Great Intro Book

    I got this book for myself because it looked like a fun way to learn about philosophy. I was not dissapointed. My surprise came when my 10 year old read it and loved it as well. Although, I do not think he got all of the concepts he loved all the jokes. He has gone on to share the book with his teachers at school.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2007

    Funny, but offensive

    This book is an excellent introduction-to-philosophy book. The chapters are broken down into the most basic components, explaining each with enough detail to keep one's attention, but without the complexity that may cause the average reader to put down. Take out the occasional cursing, lewd jokes, and some negative connotations towards God 'which do offend me personally' and this book would receive five stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2007

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    This is a really hilarious read about the various concepts in philosophy like empiricism, essentialism, rationalism, existentialism,deductive logic, inductive logic, and many others - all explained in a very humorous manner with the help of jokes drawn from various sources.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2007

    Groucho Marx Would Love It!

    Who would have thought humor and philosophy could come together in such a wonderfully readable and understandable fashion. It should be required for all college philosophy courses. Warning: Don't read the jokes first!

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