Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Plato and a platypus walk into a bar. . . :…

Plato and a platypus walk into a bar. . . : understanding philosophy… (2006)

by Thomas Cathcart, Daniel Klein

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
2,084973,172 (3.53)92

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 92 mentions

English (92)  French (3)  Dutch (1)  German (1)  All (97)
Showing 1-5 of 92 (next | show all)
Pretty funny, especially if you remember your 101 survey course...
If I could remember punch lines, there are great three-liners in here. I think my favorite was the dead guy taking a full suitcase to heaven. Probably because that is a stop I'll be making soon....

Don't forget to read the glossary! ( )
  kaulsu | Jun 2, 2017 |
Light and fun read. If this is your only primer for philosophy, it leaves tons out that you should probably understand if you are to talk intelligibly about the discipline. But what it does illuminate, it does, in an interesting and engaging manner. And of course its funny. I wonder if I learned more about how to categorize jokes by their philosophical underpinnings more than I learned about philosophy from the jokes. Then again I wasn't a complete neophyte. ( )
  Jamichuk | May 22, 2017 |
Many of the jokes were good... That might be as positive as I can get with Cathcart and Klein's book [Plato and a Platypus walk into a Bar]. The touched on many subject in the Philosophy world (a meta-philosophy of sorts, not really according to the authors I just wanted to use that word), but I still didn't understand much of the notions of the some of the many facets of philosophy after reading each section. A better description/definition of each tenant would have led me to a better understanding than a very quick explanation and a corresponding joke. I will give them this, it could not have been easy finding jokes to help explain all the different parts of the philosophy world. It wasn't all bed, some of the jokes actually did what was intended, give a better understanding of philosophy, but in my experience that was not the case most of the time. It was entertaining however and quite a quick and easy read. So there is that. ( )
  Schneider | Mar 22, 2017 |
This proved to be exactly what I wanted—a light overview of some basic philosophical concepts. Just enough information to give me an idea of some of the broad categories, presented in an entertaining way. I have no background in philosophy, and was surprised at how much of it I had already encountered in my psychology and education studies, as well as in casual reading over the years. I borrowed the book from the library, but have bought a copy for future reference.
  SylviaC | Oct 24, 2016 |
A light, funny way to introduce yourself to the fundamentals of philosophy, or refresh what you were taught in school. I had a really hard time not reading a lot of this out loud to MT, and while he claimed prior knowledge of a few of the jokes, they were all new to me (I think, I don't remember jokes very well).

If you're looking for anything resembling an in-depth look at the different schools of philosophy, this isn't the book for you, but otherwise, I'd recommend it as both entertaining and informative. ( )
  murderbydeath | Oct 16, 2016 |
Showing 1-5 of 92 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Cathcart, ThomasAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klein, Danielmain authorall editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
To the memory of our philosophical grandfather GROUCHO MARX, who summed up our basic ideology when he said, "These are my principles; if you don't like them, I have others."
First words
Information from the French Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Dimitri: If Atlas holds up the world, what holds up Atlas?
Last words
Information from the French Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (2)

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143113879, Paperback)

This New York Times bestseller is the hilarious philosophy course everyone wishes they’d had in school

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!

Watch a QuickTime trailer for this book.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:13 -0400)

(see all 3 descriptions)

Teaches the principles and concepts of philosophy through one-liner jokes, vaudeville humor, cartoons, and limericks, in an irreverent introduction to the great philosophers and philosophical traditions, from Existentialism to Logic.

» see all 3 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
3 avail.
124 wanted
1 pay

Popular covers


Average: (3.53)
1 5
1.5 2
2 33
2.5 10
3 150
3.5 32
4 133
4.5 12
5 57

Recorded Books

An edition of this book was published by Recorded Books.

» Publisher information page

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 115,078,891 books! | Top bar: Always visible