- Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . .: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes © 2007
- Penguin Books
- 215 pages
This book succeeds in making philosophy interesting. It takes the basic categories of philosophy—existence, knowledge, government, ethics, etc.—and illuminates them by telling jokes.
I bought this book as a light read during summer holidays and loved it. It made me laugh out loud, and added a few jokes to my arsenal. It had an other interesting side-effect, though: its broad overview of philosophy helped to clarify the major schools of thought in my mind. The glossary contributed significantly to this. It was written in such a witty manner that it compels you to read it. (I can’t ever remember reading a glossary before!)
Buy it for the knowledge or the humour—you will not be disappointed.