This is a very quick, easy and amusing read, with at least much space devoted to jokes as to philosophy. It also tries to cover pretty well the entire history of western thought, which means that the information given about any particular discipline, school or philosopher is very brief indeed – in fact generally limited to one or two basic ideas. Those central ideas, however, are often expressed very clearly in just a couple of sentences, and anyone not very familiar with western philosophy might gain a lot from reading this book.
Unfortunately the book doesn’t quite live up to its title, as the jokes rarely explain or even throw much light on the principles being discussed. In fact they’re sometimes only very vaguely related to the matter at hand, but they often had me laughing out loud and they make the book a lot more enjoyable to read than it otherwise would be. So, for anyone who knows a fair bit about philosophy, a worthwhile and amusing read, and for anyone else a useful brief introduction and perhaps the inspiration to find out more, but not by any means in the same class as Sophie’s World.
|author||Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein|
|title||Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar – Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes|
|read||28/05/2014 – 04/06/2014|