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The Humor of Philosophy

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Man walks into a restaurant and asks: "How do you prepare your chickens?" And the cook responds: "Nothing special really. We just tell them they're gonna die." Bada boom. The human condition in a two-line joke about chickens.

Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein see philosophy today all over the world of humor. A world where Woody Allen and Wittgenstein, Seinfeld and Socrates could have a great time cracking wise. Their new book of high philosophy and low humor is a surprise bestseller.

This hour On Point: the authors of "Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes."Guests:

Thomas Cathcart, co-author of the new book "Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes."

Daniel Klein, co-author of the new book "Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes."

This program aired on April 11, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

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