Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates : Using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explore Life, Death, the Afterlife, and Everything in Betweeen, Paperback Book

Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates : Using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explore Life, Death, the Afterlife, and Everything in Betweeen Paperback

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Popular philosophy
  • ISBN: 9780143118251

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Heidegger and a Hippo... was ok. It seems like it would make for a fun stage act. The authors have a terrific ability to understand and explain complex philisophical ideas through puns and jokes etc. It dragged at points, but I'll still try their other book Plato and a Platypus Walk Into A Bar at some point.
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I would seem that we can't talk about death without making jokes to cover our anxiety - and boy, do I agree! Whereas I was laughing throughout the whole book, I couldn't help but notice an uneasiness and sometimes a downright grumpiness as I read this book - a little bit of death can be sobering, but too much is definitely unpleasant. In this Cathcart and Klein strike a good balance between laughter and reflective moments. In a subject as contentious as this, especially when it comes to suicide or the after-life, they do a good job of presenting all schools of thought - although sometimes rather glibly. To me, they came across as hard-core atheists (maybe I'm just projecting) and I sometimes found their treatment of some religions a little bit irreverent.Their use of Daryl as a foil was sometimes a bit annoying - the joking sometimes turning to mocking - but the book does a good job of covering all aspects of death and human reactions and thought to it throughout time.