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Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates: Using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explore Life, Death, the Afterlife, and Everything in Between

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From the authors of the bestselling Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar, an uproarious new book on the meaning of death (and life, too).

The new book by the bestselling authors of Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar is a hilarious take on the philosophy, theology, and psychology of mortality and immortality. That is, Death. The authors pry open the coffin lid on this one, looking at the Big D and also its prequel, Life, and its sequel, the Hereafter. Philosophers such as Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Camus, and Sartre have been wrestling with the meaning of death for as long as they have been wrestling with the meaning of life. Fortunately, humorists have been keeping pace with the major thinkers by creating gags about dying. Death's funny that way — it gets everybody's attention.

Death has gotten a bad rap. It's time to take a closer look at what the Deep Thinkers have to say on the subject, and there are no better guides than Cathcart and Klein.

Review:

"Did you know that Heidegger's notion of living in the shadow of death has its most profound articulation in a country and western song by Tim McGraw? Or what Law and Order has in common with theologian Paul Tillich's view of eternity?

Such are the nuggets of wisdom found in this smart and lighthearted consideration of the philosophical dimensions of death. Cathcart and Klein (coauthors of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar) take readers on a whirlwind tour of anthropological, philosophical and theological theories of why and how we avoid accepting our own mortality. The authors demonstrate how humor allows us to express our fears about death 'while defusing anxiety.' Succinct accounts of Kierkegaard's notion of embracing angst, Schopenhauer's notion of undying will and Descartes on mind-body dualism are thus all peppered by comic asides (Leibnitz 'maintained that Mind and Matter don't actually get into each others knickers'). This little book is an entertaining and surprisingly informative survey of the 'Big D' and its centrality in human life. (Oct)." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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A humorous and philosophical trip through life, from the New York Times–bestselling coauthor of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . .

 

Daniel Kleins fans have fallen in love with the warm, humorous, and thoughtful way he shows how philosophy resonates in everyday life. Readers of his popular books Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . . and Travels with Epicurus come for enlightenment and stay for the entertainment.

As a young college student studying philosophy, Klein filled a notebook with short quotes from the worlds greatest thinkers, hoping to find some guidance on how to live the best life he could. Now, from the vantage point of his eighth decade, Klein revisits the wisdom he relished in his youth with this collection of philosophical gems, adding new ones that strike a chord with him at the end of his life. From Epicurus to Emerson and Camus to the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr—whose words provided the title of this book—each pithy extract is annotated with Kleins inimitable charm and insights. In these pages, our favorite jokester–philosopher tackles lifes biggest questions, leaving us chuckling and enlightened. 

Synopsis:

Q. Why are there almost as many jokes about death as there are about sex?

A. Because they both scare the pants off us.

Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein first made a name for themselves with the outrageously funny New York Times bestseller Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar. Now they turn their attention to the Big D and share the timeless wisdom of the great philosophers, theologians, psychotherapists, and wiseguys. From angels to zombies and everything in between, Cathcart and Klein offer a fearless and irreverent history of how we approach death, why we embrace life, and whether there really is a hereafter. As hilarious as it is enlightening, Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates is a must-read for anyone and everyone who ever expects to die.

About the Author

Tom Cathcart (left) and Daniel Klein pursued the usual careers after majoring in philosophy at Harvard. Cathcart has worked with street gangs in Chicago, doctors at Blue Cross Blue Shield, and has dropped out of various divinity schools. Klein has written jokes for various comedians, including Flip Wilson and Lily Tomlin.

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Edward Hahn, December 9, 2014 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
I have friend who refuses to read books because in college, as an engineering student, he had to concentrate on every word. I feel the same way about philosophy books and have avoided them over the years. Then I discovered "Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar". This introduction to Philosophy helped me, at least, know what the different schools of philosophy were and the very basic concepts of philosophical thought.

I also believe that most people do not want to think about death even though it is inevitable. As William Saroyan is reputed to have said, "Everybody has got to die, but I always believed an exception would be made in my case."

The philosophers, though, have thought and written about it in many cases in such detail as to be impenetrable. It helps understanding to take a lighter approach, liberally seasoned with corny jokes and New Yorker cartoons to illustrate what major philosophers like Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Descartes, William James, Nietzsche, Sartre, Tillich, and Wittgenstein have to say about, not only death, but also consciousness, afterlife, immortality, the self, the soul, and other related concepts.

I like that the authors have included Woody Allen, Monty Python, Dave Barry, Stephen Colbert and other more contemporary "philosophers" to the pantheon of those who have contemplated these issues.

I'm far enough along in my own life's journey to find the ideas in this book worth considering. It helps that I didn't have to spend months, maybe even years, digging the basics out of the original writings.

No matter how old you are taking four or five hours to read this book will be time well spent.
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gfletcher, October 21, 2014 (view all comments by gfletcher)
I love this book. I give it as a gift to my friends. It uses Jokes to explain the birth, life, death cycle. I recommend any thing written by these two authors. And I love the Powells shopping experience.
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Susan Jacobson, December 17, 2009 (view all comments by Susan Jacobson)
i would recommend this book :) it is relevant to everyone :) we all shy away from the subject of death, but is it really such a terrible thing to talk about? who really knows? nobody has ever come back to tell me what they thought of being dead :) it doesn't hurt to keep an open mind and a smile on your face when you consider this subject :) this is exactly what these authors have done.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670020836
Subtitle:
Wisdom of the Great Philosophers on How to Live
Author:
Daniel Klein and Thomas Cathcart
Author:
Klein, Daniel
Author:
Cathcart, Thomas
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Form - Essays
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Future life
Subject:
Reincarnation
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20151103
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations throughout
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
18-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Did you know that Heidegger's notion of living in the shadow of death has its most profound articulation in a country and western song by Tim McGraw? Or what Law and Order has in common with theologian Paul Tillich's view of eternity?

Such are the nuggets of wisdom found in this smart and lighthearted consideration of the philosophical dimensions of death. Cathcart and Klein (coauthors of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar) take readers on a whirlwind tour of anthropological, philosophical and theological theories of why and how we avoid accepting our own mortality. The authors demonstrate how humor allows us to express our fears about death 'while defusing anxiety.' Succinct accounts of Kierkegaard's notion of embracing angst, Schopenhauer's notion of undying will and Descartes on mind-body dualism are thus all peppered by comic asides (Leibnitz 'maintained that Mind and Matter don't actually get into each others knickers'). This little book is an entertaining and surprisingly informative survey of the 'Big D' and its centrality in human life. (Oct)." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

"Synopsis" by ,
A humorous and philosophical trip through life, from the New York Times–bestselling coauthor of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . .

 

Daniel Kleins fans have fallen in love with the warm, humorous, and thoughtful way he shows how philosophy resonates in everyday life. Readers of his popular books Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . . and Travels with Epicurus come for enlightenment and stay for the entertainment.

As a young college student studying philosophy, Klein filled a notebook with short quotes from the worlds greatest thinkers, hoping to find some guidance on how to live the best life he could. Now, from the vantage point of his eighth decade, Klein revisits the wisdom he relished in his youth with this collection of philosophical gems, adding new ones that strike a chord with him at the end of his life. From Epicurus to Emerson and Camus to the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr—whose words provided the title of this book—each pithy extract is annotated with Kleins inimitable charm and insights. In these pages, our favorite jokester–philosopher tackles lifes biggest questions, leaving us chuckling and enlightened. 

"Synopsis" by ,

Q. Why are there almost as many jokes about death as there are about sex?

A. Because they both scare the pants off us.

Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein first made a name for themselves with the outrageously funny New York Times bestseller Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar. Now they turn their attention to the Big D and share the timeless wisdom of the great philosophers, theologians, psychotherapists, and wiseguys. From angels to zombies and everything in between, Cathcart and Klein offer a fearless and irreverent history of how we approach death, why we embrace life, and whether there really is a hereafter. As hilarious as it is enlightening, Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates is a must-read for anyone and everyone who ever expects to die.

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