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"Hey, guys, we're a couple of academics who wanna show you that philosophers need not be solemn."
on 10 July 2015
The book outlines a large number of philosophical issues in simple and understandable terms. That might make it quite a useful little introduction for people who would find other introductions rather too heavy for them. The expositions are themselves generally jokey in tone, with some excruciating puns; and they are interlarded with lots of jokes which are supposed to illustrate them. Sometimes they do that: particularly apposite are those in the chapter dealing with logical fallacies. But often their connection with the exposition is more stream-of-consciousness than anything else. Some of the jokes are very funny, others only mildly so; a few are groan-inducing; many are bawdy; some are shaggy-dog stories; quite a few are Jewish.
Few philosophers display any sense of humour in their writing, alas - but then, in my opinion, our two gagmeisters here rather overdo the facetiousness. I find this all the more surprising because Daniel Klein has written that wise and far from facetious book “Travels with Epicurus” (see my Amazon review).