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

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2010

    Entertaining read

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

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Started out okay...

    I was laughing at the beginning (the book showed lots of promise), but by the end, the jokes didn't interest me as much as the topics did. And there was a small section regarding capitalism and communism that ticked me off. I didn't agree with the authors' premise regarding these issues, and it made the rest of the book less palatable for me. I don't regret reading it, but won't be recommending it to anyone that I know.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    Very funny but not as enlightening as I wanted

    This was a laugh-out-loud book that has the premise of tying complex and arcane philosophical concepts to humor. I was taken by the humor but was often left in the dark about what it was trying to teach me. I have never understood philosophy and unfortunately this did not help. Did enjoy the jokes though.

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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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