Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar… and Teach You Philosophy Through Jokes

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This book was a lot of fun. Here are some of my favorite parts:

"Then, each month, you'll receive a new set of commandments. Cancel anytime and keep the first set, absolutely free."
“Then, each month, you’ll receive a new set of commandments. Cancel anytime and keep the first set, absolutely free.”

On Free Will

When asked whether he believed in free will, twentieth-century novelist Isaac Bashevis Singer replied, tongue-in-cheek, “I have no choice.”

On Ethics

Sorting out what’s good and bad is the province of ethics. It is also what keeps priests, pundits, and parents busy. Unfortunately, what keeps children and philosophers busy is asking the priests, pundits, and parents, “Why?”

On the Golden Rule that is a part of most religions:

Similar considerations led English playwright George Bernard Shaw to wryly rewrite the golden rule: “Do not do unto others as you would have others do unto  you; they may have different taste.”

On Ethical Dilemmas

Although I’m happy in my current job, having recently received a promotion (I’m the new Thane of Cawdor), that’s not enough for my wife who is eager for me to get ahead. I’m not saying I lack ambition, but I am reluctant to do what it takes to climb higher — the long hours, the bloody murders. And yet, don’t I have a special obligation to consider my wife’s desires? We are, after all, a family.

MacBeth, Scotland

Ethical Meat Shoppe. Animals that died naturally.
Ethical Meat Shoppe. Animals that died naturally.

On Philosophy of Law

A lawyer sends a note to a client: “Dear Frank: I thought I saw you downtown yesterday. I crossed the street to say hello, but it wasn’t you. One-tenth of an hour: $50.”

On Relativity of World Views

The twentieth-century American philosopher W.V.O. Quine wrote that our worldview is relative to our native language, a framework we are unable to climb out for a different perspective.

'We won't publish your book 'The Life of a mayfly: An Autobiography' because it's only a page long!'
‘We won’t publish your book ‘The Life of a mayfly: An Autobiography’ because it’s only a page long!’

 

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