Author(s): Thomas Cathcart
This New York Times bestseller is the hilarious philosophy course everyone wishes they'd had in school Outrageously funny, Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar has been a breakout bestseller ever since authors - and born vaudevillians - Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein did their schtick on NPR's "Weekend Edition."
Lively, original, and powerfully informative, Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar is a not-so-reverent crash course through the great philosophical thinkers and traditions, from Existentialism ("What do Hegel and Bette Midler have in common?") to Logic ("Sherlock Holmes never deduced anything"). Philosophy 101 for those who like to take the heavy stuff lightly, this is a joy to read - and finally, it all makes sense!
The zaniest bestseller of the year. - The Boston Globe
I laughed, I learned, I loved it. - Roy Blount, Jr.
Thomas Cathcart graduated from Harvard with a degree in philosophy, studied theology at the University of Chicago, and embarked on a "checkered career" (his words) from college teaching to hospice management until, at the age of 67, he started his writing life by coauthoring Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar with Daniel Klein.
Mr. Cathcart and his wife live in New York City.