Heidegger and A Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates

Heidegger and A Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates

[using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explain Life, Death, the Afterlife, and Everything in Between]

Audiobook CD - 2009
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Explores death and the afterlife from lighthearted philosophical, theological, and psychological perspectives that consider that death may not be such a pessimism-inducing state.
Contents: Surely there must be some mistake
Just let your angst be your umbrella
Death? the way to go!
Heidegger-dog, ziggity-boom, what you do to me
Spin your own immortality
The eternal now
Plato, the godfather of soul
Heaven, a landscape to die for
Tunnel vision
The original knock-knock joke
Beating death to the punch
Immortality through not dying
The end
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, p2009
Branch Call Number: 129 C
Characteristics: 4 sound discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Klein, Daniel M.
ISBN: 9780143144984
0143144987

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BPLNextBestAdults Jul 13, 2011

From the authors of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar comes yet another philosophical quest, or jest rather. With majors in philosophy from Harvard, the authors know their subject area but their real skill lies in employing jokes, cartoons and light-hearted dialogue to illuminate various thinkers’ (and some comics’) approach to the big, heavy question that confronts us all- our own mortality.
Recognizing that “humour allows us to express our fears about death while defusing anxiety” the authors succinctly deliver the in-a-nutshell version – from the ancient Greeks to the 20th Century existentialists. An accompanying index and notes rounds out the simple but profound offering. For anyone who claims they can’t understand philosophy.

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glyfyx
Oct 15, 2010

Not worth the effort.

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zencow
Feb 04, 2010

I didn't find it as as enjoyable as their previous book "Plato and Platypus Walk into a Bar". Perhaps the subject of death makes the jokes a bit too morbid to be very amusing. Or maybe it's they're scraping the bottom of the barrel as far as philosophical jokes go.

Also, the narrators on the audiobook are the writers themselves which wasn't a good idea. They should have hired a pro.

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