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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,671 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Cathcart Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN:
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Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, longtime philosophers and comedians, present Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar, an entertaining, enlightening, and engaging guide to the love of wisdom. With their combined knowledge, wit, and whimsy, the authors provide a book that can be thoroughly enjoyed by anyone, from the curious layman to the most well-versed professor of Nicomachean Ethics. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kasturi Dadhe | 2/7/2014

    " Excellent read for a 'philosophically inclined but nutty' mind "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 2/6/2014

    " just for the basics ok and really funny! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Collins | 1/26/2014

    " Very witty, funny, and educational. I would have given it full marks if it weren't for the obvious anti-religion bend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vince | 1/21/2014

    " Humorous, illuminating, in a light, accessible manner. I am glad I bought this for my wife to read, but I ended up reading it first. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa C | 1/18/2014

    " A cute introduction to philosophy, but mostly I just liked the cow jokes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle Brooks | 1/14/2014

    " I'm still confused, but i think i'm a realist... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Prithvi Shams | 12/26/2013

    " The jokes are actually funny and successfully drive home the point. A compulsory read for anyone who wants a very concise introduction to the major strands of philosophy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rita | 12/12/2013

    " Got it for a trip, great road companion, kept me cracking up the whole ride. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 11/29/2013

    " Cute and funny. Nothing to write home about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lukas Vermeer | 10/24/2013

    " Facetious, frivolous philosophical frolicking; fleetingly funny for airheaded philosophizers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 10/24/2013

    " Revived my 12 philosophy credits big time! Very fun, will have to read the others "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 9/23/2013

    " Cute. A nice philosophical overview. By no means an essential primer for it, but the jokes and gags may help the concepts stick "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Oleg Kagan | 7/24/2013

    " A mix between the occasional funny joke and the drollness of getting jokes explained to you for four CDs using very introductory philosophical principles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance | 7/17/2013

    " Philosophy 101 told through jokes "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yune | 6/24/2013

    " Amusing survey of concepts in philosophy, illustrated by jokes. I confess to a tendency to skip to the jokes, but I didn't miss much -- it actual text was fairly sparse. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 TheIron Paw | 6/13/2013

    " As a non-philosopher (I skipped that stuff in college) I found the book added little to my knowledge in that area - however, when coupled with some intro readings in philosophy it did provide some humourous examples. It was mostly a diverting read rather than to learn something new. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anggia | 5/11/2013

    " I haven't finished reading the book. I couldn't. Well I guess it's not my type of book. Is that book really about Philosophy? For me it's just about daily jokes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ariel | 4/8/2013

    " Tries to cover too many topics in philosophy as a whole. Has excellent jokes. Might only be excellent jokes to people already interested in philosophy, as I told a few to my sister and she just sort of looked and me and went "Oh." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave | 2/16/2013

    " Intereting but not that memorable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 1/12/2013

    " The book is extremely funny. Even though I've seen some of the jokes before, I got to see it from a 'philosophical' point of view, which is cool. This book is definitely not as serious as most books about philosophy but it still explains the theories clearly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 10/8/2012

    " This book is basically a guide to a few fields of philosophy. The jokes are pretty funny, but if one were to actually want to get better understanding of the concepts presented, this books isn't really for them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 PastAllReason | 8/20/2012

    " Amusing illumination of philosophy. It was light reading that I could put down and come back to without missing a beat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish | 8/14/2012

    " Short and sweet, clever and full of great conversation starters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Risher | 4/17/2012

    " Spectacular intro to philosophy. Very funny and fast paced too. I read it easily in one sitting and it was all easily understandable. Good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pi | 3/20/2012

    " A very well written and fun filled book, giving a very general but satisfactory introduction on philosophy to a philosophy novice like me. And did I mention that the book is hillarious? :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 haripin | 5/23/2011

    " great book! sekarang sdh diterjemahkan ke dalam bahasa Indonesia oleh penerbit Kanisius "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 5/21/2011

    " This is a sly introduction to basic concepts in philosophy via jokes. An easy, cute read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruur | 5/12/2011

    " If you know something about philosophy, you can laugh because of the jokes, and if you don't know anything about philosophy, you can learn something about it while laughing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaigham | 5/8/2011

    " Wonderful review of philosophy with an equally wonderful collection of jokes/stories that you can use in talks and many a social situation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christopher | 5/4/2011

    " Honestly, I like the concept of the book, but it didn't carry through in a way that made the material stick at all. I didn't learn anything from it and basically felt like I knew less about philosophy afterward. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mel | 4/25/2011

    " This book seemed like an excuse to tell jokes that would be considered inappropriate in any other setting. It probably belongs in the humour section of the library rather than the philosophy aisle. (Of course if I picked it up from the humour section I would be complaining it wasn't funny.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 4/13/2011

    " Very funny. These guys really know how to have a good laugh, and learn at the same time. Very enjoyable read. A few off color jokes make for a little squirming, but all in all very funne. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanie | 4/6/2011

    " More phun philosophy (couldn't resist). Much fun, many passages you want to read aloud and share, all combined with some genuine thought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tieta | 3/21/2011

    " A mash up between philosophy and jokes ;p "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 3/19/2011

    " Great book - a hilarious and intriguing way to make your way through the mangled worled of Philosophy. Makes your brain hurt - but in a good way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/26/2011

    " reading this on and off now - interesting and funny! Something to come back to when you want to think a bit more than usual. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 2/23/2011

    " There are some really funny jokes in this book! I did not get into the rest of it though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 2/8/2011

    " Aside from the admittedly politically incorrect jokes, I found this book to be an absolute whiz at explaining philosophy. It all made so much more sense than it did in those long, boring grad lectures. It's a quick, funny read. "

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About the Author
Thomas Cathcart is the internationally bestselling coauthor of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar… and Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates with his friend Daniel Klein. He studied philosophy at Harvard and has spent most of his career in health care. Cathcart lives in New York City.
About the Narrator

Johnny Heller, a two-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award, was named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine. His adult and children’s book narrations have earned him thirty-five AudioFile Earphones Awards.