I Think, Therefore I Draw: Understanding Philosophy Through Cartoons

I Think, Therefore I Draw: Understanding Philosophy Through Cartoons

by Thomas Cathcart, Daniel Klein


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A hilarious new exploration of philosophy through cartoons from the duo who brought you the New York Times bestselling Plato and a Platypus Walk Into A Bar...

Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klien have been thinking deep thoughts and writing jokes for decades, and now they are here to help us understand Philosophy through cartoons, and cartoons through Philosophy. Covering topics as diverse as religion, gender, knowledge, morality, and the meaning of life (or the lack thereof), I Think, Therefore I Draw gives a thorough introduction to all of the major debates in philosophy through history and the present. And since they explain with the help of a selection of some of the smartest cartoonists working today, you'll breeze through these weighty topics as you guffaw and slap your knee.

Cathcart and Klein's Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar... and Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates have been a favorite of philosophers and non-philosophers alike for years. Packed with dozens of witty cartoons and loaded with profound philosophical insight, I Think, Therefore I Draw will delight readers and leave them enlightened.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143133025
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 732,399
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Daniel Klien and Thomas Cathcart studied philosophy together at Harvard in the last millennium. Since then...

Danny has written comedy for Lily Tomlin, Flip Wilson, and others, and published scores of fiction and non-fiction books—from thrillers to entertaining philosophical books, such as his London Times bestseller, Travels with Epicurus, and his most recent book, Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life They Change It.

Tom studied theology and managed health care organizations before linking up with Danny to write Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar, Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington, and Heidegger and a Hippo Walk through Those Pearly Gates. He is also the author of The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge? an entertaining philosophical look at a tricky ethical conundrum.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

I What's It All About, Alfie?: The Meaning of Life 1

II Is It Now Yet?: The Philosophy of Time 17

III Is There Really Any Difference between Girls and Boys?: The New World of Gender Philosophy 33

IV If It Works, It's Right, Right?: The Epistemology of Pragmatism 45

V What Is the Fairest Way to Divvy Up Goods?: Capitalism, Marxism, and Libertarianism 53

VI You Call This Living?: Hedonism, Stoicism, and Mindful Living 65

VII A Technical Question: Is Technology Ruining Humankind?: Artificial Intelligence, Naturalism, Functionalism, and the Concept of Self 79

VIII Is There a Cosmic Scheme, and Who's Asking?: Cosmology and Other Metaphysics 97

IX What Do You Mean, "Mean"?: Language, Truth, and Logic 121

X What Makes You Think You Know What You Think You Know?: Theories of Knowledge 141

XI What's the Best Way to Organize Society, and What's in It for Me?: Social and Political Philosophy 161

XII Who Are You to Question Authority?: The Philosophy of Law and Moral Authority 173

XIII Who Says I'm Responsible?: Determinism, Free Will, and Existentialism 181

XIV What Went Wrong with Right and Wrong?: The Philosophy of Ethical Behavior 189

XV What If Your Right Is My Wrong?: Moral Relativity 207

XVI Is Love All There Is?: Eros and Beyond 219

XVII Why Won't God Tell Us Whether He or She Exists?: Theism, Proofs, and Strategies 235

XVIII Philosophy, Schmolosophy, Who Needs It?: Metaphilosophy 253

Biosketches 261

Acknowledgments 299

Image Credits 301

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