Plato And A Platypus Walk Into A Bar by Thomas Cathcart & Daniel Klein



I picked up "Plato and A Platypus Walk Into A Bar" from a laundry room. Situated in a leave-one-take-one cabinet between washers and dryers, the orange book with a photo of one of the world's greatest thinkers and an image of a duck-billed egg-laying mammal spoke volumes to me. With Sherlock level inquisitiveness, I pondered quietly to myself "what the hell is this book about?"


Cathcart and Klein set our to use comedy to discuss Philosophy. What you get is comedic sketches that illustrate specific philosophical ideas. Even the title is a whimsical joke on Plato's "Allegory of the Cave," which is only recited at the end of the novel. Perfect comedic timing.


My interest in Philosophy has never been fully fulfilled. I've read some Nietzsche, Kant and Descartes. Michael Schur's "The Good Place" introduced me to David Hume and Hypatia of Alexandria, the latter whom was played by Lisa Kudrow! "Plato And A Platypus…" is a crash course on philosophy. Basic foundations of ethics, existentialism, and relativity are broken down to stand-up routines that keep you laughing and thinking.


If you have an unfulfilled interest in Philosophy, and a great sense of humor, this book will strike the perfect balance for you. It's very well written with jokes that will make you lol. (It's in the dictionary, I can use it!) I'm sure you can find it at your local bookstore, on Amazon, or in your laundry room. Also, inbox me if you want to invest in my new laundry-library business venture: Wash What You Read.

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