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Platón y un ornitorrinco entran en un bar... (utgåvan 2009)

av Thomas Cathcart (Författare), Nuria Pujol Vallas (Översättare)

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The great philosopher Aristotle once said "Humor is the only test of gravity, for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious." Taking this tenet to task, Cathart and Klein tackle all the major philosophical perspectives--ancient and postmodern alike--and make them universally accessible through hilarious jokes that cut straight to the core of the principle. Hobbes, for instance, believed that life is "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short." Why then, the authors ask, did he complain about it being short?… (mer)
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Titel:Platón y un ornitorrinco entran en un bar...
Författare:Thomas Cathcart (Författare)
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Info:Barcelona : Booket, 2009
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This book is a fun read with jokes that illustrate the points.

I am not a philosopher. I am not asking the fundamental questions: Whay am I here? Where did I come from? I already have answers to those questions. I don't wonder if everything I see and hear is an illusion. I am not a philosopher. I have moved from such questions to working on what should I do? What should I be?

I remember when I was a youth I read a scholarly article in Scientific American reporting on research that showed that to sand out a scratch, you had to sand as deep as the scratch. I was excited to learn that, because I had been wondering about it. But to my dad, it was obvious that you have to sand as deep as the scratch is to get it out.

When I was working on an MBA. I took a finance class. The second week, the profesor ask: 'What is money?' The class was silent - that hadn't been in the assigned reading. Then he answered his own question: 'We really don't know.' I began thinking: I have children in elementaray school. They all know what money is. And here is this graduate school professor who doesn't know what money is. In elementary school, they have "all about" books that are about 1 cm thick. Titles such as: "All About Fish", "All About Electricity" are at my local library. Then in college we get books like: Introduction to Partial Differential Equations. They only introduce us to partial differential equations, and are 5 cm thick.

The book gets to this point on page 182: "We never hear about hairdressers pondering: 'What is haridressing?' If a hairdresser doesn't know what hairdressing is, he's in the wrong line of work."

I cannot be a philosopher. Long ago I found answers to those questions.
There is no need to be lost and confused - the answers are available. For example: http://www.mormon.org/ ( )
  bread2u | Jul 1, 2020 |
Wonderful introduction to philosophy as illustrated by humor.
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  LindaLeeJacobs | Feb 15, 2020 |
Great book to introduce someone to philosophy. ( )
  vhl219 | Jun 1, 2019 |
While many people are interested in learning about philosophy, actually doing something about it often results in rolling eyes. In Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar : Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes, Thomas Cathcart, Daniel Klein use jokes to explain various philosophical theories.

For example, For Inductive Logic, the situation is Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson on a camping trip and spending the night in a tent. At one point, Holmes wakes Watson, tells him to look at the sky, and say what he sees. Watson says he sees “millions of stars” and Holmes asks, “What do you conclude from that?” Watson proceeds to respond in astronomical, astrological, horological, meteorological, and theological perspectives. Watson then asks Holmes what it tells him. Holmes replies, “Someone has stolen our tent.”

Among the explanations for The Supreme Categorical Imperative and the Olden Golden is the observation “A sadist is masochist who follows the golden rule.”

The authors frequently take a well-known statement and give it a slight twist: Jesus was walking through the streets when he noticed a crowd of people throwing stones at an adulteress. Jesus said, “Let whoever is without sin cast the first store.” Suddenly a rock flew through the air. Jesus turned and said, “Mom!”

Some the jokes are old. Some are not PC. But Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar does make understanding philosophy easier to understand and fun. ( )
  Judiex | May 8, 2019 |
Klein, Daniel M. and Thomas Cathcart (2007). Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar …: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes. London: Penguin Books. 2008. ISBN 9781436220217. Pagine 230. 6,49 €

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Non ricordavo con esattezza che cosa mi avesse spinto a compare questo e-book il 10 dicembre 2011. Probabilmente ne avevo letto una recensione, mi andavo dicendo, oppure mi era venuta voglia di affrontare qualche cosa di leggero nella vacanze invernali. Ma poi mi è venuto in mente che il libro è citato più volte nel bello studio di Hurley-Dennett-Adams, Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind, che stavo leggendo proprio in quel periodo e che ho recensito qui.

Purtroppo, il libro di Klein e Cathcart non è altrettanto ben riuscito. A tratti è divertente, alcune delle battute sono buone, ma per lo più lo champagne è un po’ sgasato e la sequenza diventa stucchevole. Un merito, però, agli autori va riconosciuto: provano effettivamente a spiegare la filosofia attraverso le barzellette. Non è, cioè, semplicemente una raccolta di barzellette a sfondo filosofico.

Se vi rimane un po’ di curiosità, ecco la storiella che dà il titolo al libro:

[…] the other day Plato and a platypus walked into a bar. The bartender gave the philosopher a quizzical look, and Plato said, “What can I say? She looked better in the cave.” [2390] ( )
  Boris.Limpopo | Apr 29, 2019 |
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The great philosopher Aristotle once said "Humor is the only test of gravity, for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious." Taking this tenet to task, Cathart and Klein tackle all the major philosophical perspectives--ancient and postmodern alike--and make them universally accessible through hilarious jokes that cut straight to the core of the principle. Hobbes, for instance, believed that life is "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short." Why then, the authors ask, did he complain about it being short?

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