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

Book - 2009
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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, 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, humourists have been keeping pace with the major thinkers by creating gags about dying. Death's funny that way - it gets everybody's attention.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2009
ISBN: 9780670020836
Branch Call Number: 133.9 Cathcart
Characteristics: viii, 245 p. ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Klein, Daniel M.


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Nov 26, 2014

They authors take on a tough row to hoe, attempting to make light (& shed light) on the philosophical issues of mortality. A good try, but it doesn't really work. It's not funny, and it doesn't shed much light on the issues either. Mostly it's just plain boring. There are much better treatises on this topic available. Not recommended.

multcolib_central Jul 10, 2014

An interesting, funny, incredibly reasonable, and edu-training through the valley of the shadow of death and the after life. Written in the style of a platoesque with plenty of cartoons, the author help us understand our own end times with humor and panache.

Oct 18, 2011

A light look at life and death. Funny.

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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