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]

Downloadable Audiobook - 2009 | Unabridged
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This book is a hilarious take on the philosophy, theology, and psychology of mortality and immortality-that is, Death. The authors pry open the coffin lid on this one, looking at the Big D and also its prequel, Life, and its sequel, the Hereafter. Philosophers such as Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Camus, and Sartre have been wrestling with the meaning of death for as long as they have been wrestling with the meaning of life. Fortunately, humorists have been keeping pace with the major thinkers by creating gags about dying. Death's funny that way: it gets everybody's attention.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2009
Edition: Unabridged
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (3hr., 58 min.)) : digital
ISBN: 9781441700148
1441700145

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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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