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am 16. April 2017
its motto really fits the content. Old-styled jokes always get along to describe what philosophy is. Recommended for people who want to know the plot-twistness of Philosophy!
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Philosophical discussions can be pretty hypothetical and abstract (what is the sound of two hands clapping if both hands stop short of touching one another?). Instead of scanning your brain madly for some point of reference (you often won't find one), you can read a joke from this book instead . . . that captures the essence of the point. The short jokes often explain more than the material that precede them, but in very few words.

I took philosophy in college and loved it. I even considered becoming a philosophy major. But I thought this book was so much more fun than when I studied philosophy formally.

If you have never studied philosophy but would like to learn a little, this book is an excellent choice. Most major philosophical perspectives are represented (except the purely mathematical ones) so you can look up a brief explanation and example anytime you want to understand a reference to a certain kind of philosophy. The approach is much briefer than a book on philosophy for unphilosophical people might be, but a lot more relevant and fun.

If you have studied philosophy, you owe it to yourself to see what jokes the authors have picked to represent various philosophies. I promise you'll be fascinated.

Does the book have a drawback? Sure. If you know a lot of jokes, you'll find many old chestnuts in the book. In fact, you may well anticipate the selection of some of these jokes (such as the one chosen for exemplifying relativism). The jokes are a lot more fun if the joke is new to you. I'm glad that the joke reflected in the book's title was saved to the end: It was a nice surprise.

For those who are new to philosophy, you may not get a few of the jokes. Some of the jokes refer back to elements of the philosophy or philosophy that you may not be familiar enough with after reading the brief sections in this book.

I strongly urge scholars and writers to use the same joke-example method to explain other disciplines. It's a winner!

Okay, so here's an example from the book's beginning which addresses teleology (do things have an innate purpose?):

"Mrs. Goldstein was walking down the street with her two grandchildren. A friend stopped to ask her how old they were.

"She replied, 'The doctor is five and the lawyer is seven.'"

As you can see the joke doesn't exactly fit the philosophy, but the joke does make a nice transition into a discussion of whether human life as a purpose.

Topics covered include metaphysics, logic, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of religion, existentialism, philosophy of language, social and political philosophy, relativity, and metaphilosophy.

The humor also extends to cartoons and a hilarious timeline at the book's end called "Great Moments in the History of Philosophy." Even the glossary has lighthearted references in it.

If being philosophical can be this much fun, we should all turn into philosophers!
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am 4. Februar 2010
Ich habe dieses Buch zufällig in einer Flughafenbücherei gesehen, war angezogen durch die originelle Gestaltung des Umschlags, habe ein wenig geblättert und bin gleich auf einen Witz gestosse, der mir so gut gefallen hat, dass ich das Buch gekauft habe. Seither habe ich viele weitere Exemplare gekauft und verschenkt. Manche Empfänger haben weitere damit beglückt.
Die Autoren erzählen locker, ja, "süffig" die Geschichte der Philosopie und illustrieren mit zündenden Witzen verschiedene Denkarten. Ein reines Lesevergnügen. Eher noch besser hat mir, was den philosophischen Teil angeht, "Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates: Using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explore Life, Death, the Afterlife, and Everything in Between" der gleichen Autoren gefallen, wo es um ein klarer umrissenes Thema geht.
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Philosophical discussions can be pretty hypothetical and abstract (what is the sound of two hands clapping if both hands stop short of touching one another?). Instead of scanning your brain madly for some point of reference (you often won't find one), you can read a joke from this book instead . . . that captures the essence of the point. The short jokes often explain more than the material that precede them, but in very few words.

I took philosophy in college and loved it. I even considered becoming a philosophy major. But I thought this book was so much more fun than when I studied philosophy formally.

If you have never studied philosophy but would like to learn a little, this book is an excellent choice. Most major philosophical perspectives are represented (except the purely mathematical ones) so you can look up a brief explanation and example anytime you want to understand a reference to a certain kind of philosophy. The approach is much briefer than a book on philosophy for unphilosophical people might be, but a lot more relevant and fun.

If you have studied philosophy, you owe it to yourself to see what jokes the authors have picked to represent various philosophies. I promise you'll be fascinated.

Does the book have a drawback? Sure. If you know a lot of jokes, you'll find many old chestnuts in the book. In fact, you may well anticipate the selection of some of these jokes (such as the one chosen for exemplifying relativism). The jokes are a lot more fun if the joke is new to you. I'm glad that the joke reflected in the book's title was saved to the end: It was a nice surprise.

For those who are new to philosophy, you may not get a few of the jokes. Some of the jokes refer back to elements of the philosophy or philosophy that you may not be familiar enough with after reading the brief sections in this book.

I strongly urge scholars and writers to use the same joke-example method to explain other disciplines. It's a winner!

Okay, so here's an example from the book's beginning which addresses teleology (do things have an innate purpose?):

"Mrs. Goldstein was walking down the street with her two grandchildren. A friend stopped to ask her how old they were.

"She replied, 'The doctor is five and the lawyer is seven.'"

As you can see the joke doesn't exactly fit the philosophy, but the joke does make a nice transition into a discussion of whether human life as a purpose.

Topics covered include metaphysics, logic, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of religion, existentialism, philosophy of language, social and political philosophy, relativity, and metaphilosophy.

The humor also extends to a hilarious timeline at the book's end called "Great Moments in the History of Philosophy." Even the glossary has lighthearted references in it.

If being philosophical can be this much fun, we should all turn into philosophers!
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am 6. Februar 2013
Ich habe dieses buch in Englisch gelesen, aber es existiert auch in deutscher Übersetzung. Das Buch führt durch die Geschichte der Philosophie, erklärt verschiedene Theorien und Modelle und hilf dabei mit vielen vielen Witzen. Schon wegen der Witze ist das Buch sehr lesenswert.
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am 26. Dezember 2012
Die philosophischen Aspekte des Witzes bzw. die witzigen Dimensionen von philosophischen Fragestellungen werden in diesem Buch perfekt auf den Punkt gebracht. Eine überaus vergnügliche Lektüre, die man sich in der englischsprachigen Originalfassung gönnen sollte!
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am 19. März 2012
Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . .: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes
I haven't laughed so loud and long since years!
Because I'm reading many philosophers as a stimulant for my brain, it is really amusing and funny to read about all those heavy thoughts and systems from a different humerous angle.
The authors are knowing what they are writing about and have their hearts at the right place!
I had some very relaxed and enjoying hours with this book.
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am 7. Januar 2010
Ich bin sonst nicht jemand, der Bücher im Nu verschlingt. Dieses ist aber trotz des philosophischen Themas ziemlich leichte Kost und war nach sehr kurzer Zeit durch. Das liegt daran, dass das Thema Philosophie hier zwar nicht ausführlich aber dafür sehr interessant, amüsant und abwechslungsreich aufbereitet ist.
Ich kann es sehr empfehlen, sowohl zum selber lesen, als auch zum Verschenken.
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am 11. März 2014
Absolut genial das Buch, würde ich jedem empfehlen! Sehr witzig mit Lerneffekt, habe aber gehört, dass die deutsche Version etwas an Schlagfertigkeit verliert, auf Englisch ist das Buch zumindest spitze!
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am 27. Mai 2013
This is guaranteed fun! And you can learn something while you're laughing. Many jokes are really good, some are ok, but overall this a very enjoyable read.
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