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Daniel Klein,Thomas Cathcart

Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar

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New York Times Bestseller: This entertaining-yet-enlightening crash course on philosophy is “an extraordinary read” (Orlando Sentinel).
Here's a lively, hilarious, not-so-reverent journey 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 covered 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!
“A hoot.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“An extraordinary read you’ll want to share with as many people as possible.” —Orlando Sentinel
“The zaniest bestseller of the year.” —The Boston Globe
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169 printed pages
Original publication
2007
Publication year
2007
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    Ева Андерсонhas quoted6 years ago
    GROUCHO MARX,
    who summed up our basic ideology when he said,
    “These are my principles; if you don’t like them, I have others.”
    Yan Buzhinskiyhas quoted4 years ago
    therapist asks his patient how his visit to his mother went. The patient says, “It did not go well at all. I made a terrible Freudian slip.”

    “Really?” says the therapist. “What did you say?”

    “What I meant to say was, ‘Please pass the salt.’ But what I said was, ‘You bitch! You ruined my life!’”
    Yan Buzhinskiyhas quoted4 years ago
    The police say, “Lady, we are asking you for a description of your husband that corresponds to your actual husband.”

    The woman responds, “Correspondence, shmorrespondence! Truth cannot be determined solely by epistemological criteria, because the adequacy of those criteria cannot be determined apart from the goals sought and values held. That is to say, in the end, truth is what satisfies, and, God knows, my husband didn’t do that

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