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I joke, therefore I am

  • Andrea Tejokusumo

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 11 2009   /  10:03 am

Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar
Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein
Penguin
2008
214 pages
If you like telling witty jokes, and like being so smart about it, then this is the right book for you. Being the perfect epitome of Derrida's deconstructive, dualist idea of nature, Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar can be taken as a representation of the lighter side of philosophy, or -- on the flipside of the coin -- a creditable, logical analysis on the anatomy of jokes and how jokes work. The book's title is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the age-old "bar joke" that tells you exactly what to expect inside: a half-drunk, half-sober philosophical rambling of the many virtues of humor that are both too absurd yet too real. In filling in the wealth of the 210-page tome, authors Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein went...