Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes
Here’s a lively, hilarious, not-so-reverent crash course through the great philosophical traditions, schools, concepts, and thinkers. It’s Philosophy 101 for everyone who knows not to take all this heavy stuff too seriously. Some of the Big Ideas are Existentialism (what do Hegel and Bette Midler... show more
Here’s a lively, hilarious, not-so-reverent crash course through the great philosophical traditions, schools, concepts, and thinkers. It’s Philosophy 101 for everyone who knows not to take all this heavy stuff too seriously. Some of the Big Ideas are Existentialism (what do Hegel and Bette Midler have in common?), Philosophy of Language (how to express what it’s like being stranded on a desert island with Halle Berry), Feminist Philosophy (why, in the end, a man is always a man), and much more. Finally—it all makes sense!“I laughed, I learned, I loved it!” Roy Blount Jr.
Publish date: May 1st 2007
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Pages no: 200
Edition language: English
This book was a lot of fun. Here are some of my favorite parts: On Free Will When asked whether he believed in free will, twentieth-century novelist Isaac Bashevis Singer replied, tongue-in-cheek, "I have no choice." On Ethics Sorting out what's good and bad is the province of ethics....
A light, funny way to introduce yourself to the fundamentals of philosophy, or refresh what you were taught in school. I had a really hard time not reading a lot of this out loud to MT, and while he claimed prior knowledge of a few of the jokes, they were all new to me (I think, I don't remember jo...
The jokes were funny, but I'm not sure I came away understanding philosophy any better than I did. But then again, I'm not really sure anyone does. And it confirms that picking sociology as my social science in college was the right choice. Interesting enough, but not really worth the time.
Revived my 12 philosophy credits big time! Very fun, will have to read the others
This is an interesting read, but I guess it does not look like a "crash introduction" to me. I find it rather a nice complement to what I have already known and have recently learned about. In some parts, I do not really get it and instead end up reading the jokes only for its humor quality not phil...