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Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes

Paperback: 215 pages; Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (June 24, 2008); ISBN-10: 0143113879; ISBN-13: 978-0143113874; Product dimensions: 0.6 x 4.8 x 7 inches; Shipping weight: 6.4 ounces.

Outrageously funny, Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar... has been a breakout bestseller ever since authors – and born vaudevillians – Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein did their schtick on NPR’s Weekend Edition. Lively, original, and powerfully informative, Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar... is a not-so-reverent crash course through the great philosophical thinkers and traditions, from Existentialism (What do Hegel and Bette Midler have in common?) to Logic (Sherlock Holmes never deduced anything). Philosophy 101 for those who like to take the heavy stuff lightly, this is a joy to read – and finally, it all makes sense!

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