Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes

Plato and a PlatypusI got a funny book for a gift called Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar…: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes. I couldn’t stop reading it. This book is an overview, and thus not very deep, but I enjoyed being reminded of philosophical concepts I’ve long since forgotten. Besides, I collect math jokes and many philosophical jokes qualify as mathy ones.

For example, self-referencing jokes:

Relativity — this term means different things to different people.

I especially liked jokes related to logic:

If a man tries to fail and succeeds, which did he do?

I knew most of the jokes, but here’s a math joke I never heard before:

Salesman: “Ma’am, this vacuum cleaner will cut your work in half.”
Customer: “Terrific! Give me two of them.”



  1. Misha:

    A man that tries to fail and succeeds just fails at one thing (trying to fail) and succeeds at what he tried to fail at. So he fails at one thing and succeeds at the other, there is no contradiction.

  2. Christ Schlacta:

    why does that poor woman want to reduce her work to 1/4 of her initial work?

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