Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar…

2010-02-01

in Books and literature, Geek stuff, Writing

In their attempt to express how important philosophical ideas relate to jokes, Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein are largely successful. Indeed, their hypothesis that there is a relationship between the philosophical and the joking mentality ends up seeming like a plausible one, as jokes are used to illustrate issues in metaphysics, logic, epistemology, ethics, the philosophy of religion, existentialism, the philosophy of language, social and political philosophy, relativity, and meta-philosophy.

Some of the jokes in Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes do feel a touch dated – with a strong emphasis on somewhat off-colour jokes based around traditional attitudes towards sexuality. Still, the book is a fun, quick read and worth a look if you are looking for some light-hearted yet academic contemplation.

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