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This is a great book for part-time philosophers. It makes them sound good at a party of drunken intellectuals … who haven’t read it. It gives some raucous jokes which illustrate philosophical concepts, and that can make one look good to a soused hottie with a Steven Colbert-leaning brain. This book answers the question, “What do I do with a BA degree in Philosophy from Harvard?”

Plato and a Platypus walk into a bar … Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes, by Thomas Cathcart & Daniel Klein, is a book based on a deep-sounding principle they call philogagging. This is a rapid romp through philosophy, as was observed by a snail who was mugged by two turtles. When the police asked him what happened, he said, “I don’t know. It all happened so fast.”

If that kind of humor appeals to you this book is for you. But, if it doesn’t, buy it anyway, you will probably learn something.

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