Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes
Abrams Image, May 2007. Hardcover. Used - Very Good / No Jacket As Issued. Item #274653
This lively crash course in philosophy takes us on a hilarious - and at the same time, profound - tour through the great philosophical traditions, schools, concepts and thinkers. All with a light touch. As if being led on an intellectual adventure by a brilliant stand-up comic, the reader experiences light-hearted excursions through this weightiest of disciplines - laughing all the way. A ribald refresher course for those in-the-know or hilarious starter class, this makes Big Ideas a hoot to understand. Topics include: Logic (Sherlock Holmes never deduced anything!), analogies, fallacies, circular arguments, paradoxes Kant's antinomies, Social & Political Philosophy (Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau were probably nudists!), Philosophy of Religion (a priest and a rabbi are stranded on a desert island...), Existentialism (what do Hegel and Bette Midler have in common?), Ethics and Aesthetics (a dog and a cat are sitting in this tree...), Epistemology (how do you know that you know the stuff you know?), Language (it depends what your definition of is) and more.
Pictoral boards with contrasting spine lettered in bright gold. Very light bruise at the top of the spine.