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Publisher Comments:

Here's a lively, hilarious, not-so-reverent crash course 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 included Big Ideas are Philosophy of Religion (a priest and a rabbi are stranded on a desert island...), Existentialism (what do Hegel and Bette Midler have in common?), Ethics and Aesthetics (a dog and a cat are sitting in this tree...), Language ("It depends what your definition of is is"), and much more. Finally — it all makes sense!

Review:

"I laughed, I learned, I loved it!" Roy Blount Jr.

Synopsis:

A humorous philosophical investigation into the existence of Santaand#151;from a co-executive producer ofand#160;The Big Bang Theory

Metaphysics isnand#8217;t ordinarily much of a laughing matter. But in the hands of acclaimed comedy writer and scholar Eric Kaplan, a search for the truth about old St. Nick becomes a deeply insightful, laugh-out-loud discussion of the way some things exist but may not really be there. Just like Santa and his reindeer.

Even after we outgrow the jolly fellow, the essential paradox persists: There are some things we dearly believe in that are not universally acknowledged as real. Inand#160;Does Santa Exist?and#160;Kaplan shows how philosophy giants Bertrand Russell and Ludwig Wittgenstein strove to smooth over this uncomfortable meeting of the real and unrealand#151;and failed. From there he turns to mysticismand#8217;s attempts to resolve such paradoxes, surveying Buddhism, Taoism, early Christianity, Theosophy, and even the philosophers at UC Berkeley under whom he studied. Finally, this brilliant comic writer alights onand#151;surpriseand#151;comedy as the ultimate resolution of the fundamental paradoxes of life, using examples fromand#160;The Big Bang Theory, Monty Pythonand#8217;s cheese shop sketch, and many other pop-culture sources.

Finally Kaplan delves deeper into what this means, from how our physical brains work to his own personal confrontations with lifeand#8217;s biggest questions: If weand#8217;re all going to die, whatand#8217;s the point of anything? What is a perfect moment? What can you say about God? Or Santa?

Synopsis:

Teaches philosophy through one-liner jokes, vaudeville humor, cartoons, and limericks.

About the Author

Tom Cathcart and Daniel Klein pursued the usual careers after majoring in philosophy at Harvard. Tom worked with street gangs in Chicago, doctors at Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and dropped in and out of various divinity schools. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod. Dan has written jokes for various comedians including Flip Wilson and Lily Tomlin. He lives with his wife in the Berkshires. Together, they are authors of the politically incorrect book of daily affirmations, Macho Meditations.

Table of Contents

Philogagging: an introduction — Metaphysics — Logic — Epistemology — Ethics — Philosophy of religion — Existentialism — Philosophy of language — Social and political philosophy — Relativity — Meta-philosophy — Summa time: a conclusion.

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Edward Hahn, February 17, 2014 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
What great fun! I have in the past tried to study philosophy seriously and either don't have the ability to focus or the intelligence to understand; but I sure do have a sense of humor. I may not have gotten all the concepts in this book but I'm pretty sure I got all the jokes.

I came away with at least an introductory understanding of the major philosophical schools. Now when I tell people I'm an existentialist, I can at least explain what it is without getting all tangled up in complicated theory.

The only book that comes close to this one is "Sophie's World", a novel in which Sophie learns Philosophy through a series of anonymous letters. However, for me, this book was more helpful and I do love a corny joke.

Try it you might like it.
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claren.walker, April 6, 2011 (view all comments by claren.walker)
"I picked this book up and couldn't put it down". That's something I cant say about a lot of philosophy books. By incorporating jokes, the author really reeled me in. Very educational as well as entertaining and lighthearted. Fabulous read for a person of any age!
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Shoshana, December 30, 2009 (view all comments by Shoshana)
Entertaining enough, with some good jokes, some of which were good examples of the philosophical school or concept they purported to illustrate, some, not so much. I'm not sure if knowing more philosophy or less would make this a more enjoyable collection, but I found myself getting hung up on jokes that didn't seem to show what they were intended to.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780810914933
Subtitle:
Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes
Author:
Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein
Author:
Cathcart, Thomas
Author:
Abrams, Dan
Author:
Klein, Daniel M.
Author:
Klein, Daniel
Author:
Kaplan, Eric
Publisher:
Harry N. Abrams
Subject:
General
Subject:
Form - Essays
Subject:
Philosophy -- Humor.
Subject:
General Humor
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Humor
Subject:
History & Surveys - General
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
History, Criticism, Surveys
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
May 2007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 BW Illu
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.25 x 5.25 x 0.75 in 0.67 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 208 pages Abrams Image - English 9780810914933 Reviews:
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"Synopsis" by ,
A humorous philosophical investigation into the existence of Santaand#151;from a co-executive producer ofand#160;The Big Bang Theory

Metaphysics isnand#8217;t ordinarily much of a laughing matter. But in the hands of acclaimed comedy writer and scholar Eric Kaplan, a search for the truth about old St. Nick becomes a deeply insightful, laugh-out-loud discussion of the way some things exist but may not really be there. Just like Santa and his reindeer.

Even after we outgrow the jolly fellow, the essential paradox persists: There are some things we dearly believe in that are not universally acknowledged as real. Inand#160;Does Santa Exist?and#160;Kaplan shows how philosophy giants Bertrand Russell and Ludwig Wittgenstein strove to smooth over this uncomfortable meeting of the real and unrealand#151;and failed. From there he turns to mysticismand#8217;s attempts to resolve such paradoxes, surveying Buddhism, Taoism, early Christianity, Theosophy, and even the philosophers at UC Berkeley under whom he studied. Finally, this brilliant comic writer alights onand#151;surpriseand#151;comedy as the ultimate resolution of the fundamental paradoxes of life, using examples fromand#160;The Big Bang Theory, Monty Pythonand#8217;s cheese shop sketch, and many other pop-culture sources.

Finally Kaplan delves deeper into what this means, from how our physical brains work to his own personal confrontations with lifeand#8217;s biggest questions: If weand#8217;re all going to die, whatand#8217;s the point of anything? What is a perfect moment? What can you say about God? Or Santa?

"Synopsis" by , Teaches philosophy through one-liner jokes, vaudeville humor, cartoons, and limericks.
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