Daniel Klein and Thomas Cathcart

They Said It Couldn’t Be Done: Illustrating Philosophical Ideas with Jokes!

For anyone who has tried to plow through the densest works of Western philosophy, there’s good news: it can all be illuminated by jokes! Danny Klein and Tom Cathcart have been best friends for over sixty years, having studied philosophy at Harvard together. They co-authored Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy through Jokes, Heidegger and a Hippo Walk through Those Pearly Gates, and I Think, Therefore I Draw: Understanding Philosophy Through Cartoons.

Klein and Cathcart will share the startling insights that got Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar turned down by forty publishers. (Number 41 bought it and it reached the New York Times best-seller list.)  They will take us on a whirlwind tour of the history of philosophy, particularly that of Marx (Groucho). If you’ve ever wondered about the connection between Nietzsche’s “will to power” and sauerkraut, this is the talk for you.

Sponsored by The Verney Foundation.