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Author Kaplan, Eric (Television producer)

Title Does Santa exist? : a philosophical investigation / Eric Kaplan.

Publication Info. New York : Dutton, [2014]


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 East Hartford, Raymond Library - Adult Department  111 KAPLAN    Check Shelf
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  111 KAPLAN    Check Shelf
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Description x, 275 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Summary Philosopher and comedy writer (Futurama, Big Bang Theory) Kaplan tackles a metaphysical paradox: there are some things we dearly believe in that are not universally acknowledged as real. Here, Kaplan shows how philosophy giants Bertrand Russell and Ludwig Wittgenstein strove to smooth over this uncomfortable meeting of the real and unreal--and failed. From there he turns to mysticism's attempts to resolve such paradoxes, surveying Buddhism, Taoism, early Christianity, Theosophy, and even the philosophers at UC Berkeley under whom he studied. Finally, he alights on--surprise--comedy as the ultimate resolution of the fundamental paradoxes of life. Ultimately, Kaplan delves deeper into the implications of this deceptively simple revelation, from how our physical brains work to his own personal confrontations with life's biggest questions: If we're all going to die, what's the point of anything? What is a perfect moment? What can you say about God? Or Santa? The answers in this book will cheer the rest of your life.--Adapted from publisher description.
Contents Logic -- Mysticism -- Comedy -- Life -- Me and you.
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-263) and index.
Subject Ontology.
Immaterialism (Philosophy)
Santa Claus -- Miscellanea.
ISBN 9780525954392 (hardcover)
0525954392 (hardcover)
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