Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington: Understanding Political Doublespeak through Philosophy and Jokes

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Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, authors of the national bestseller Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar, aren't falling for any election year claptrap--and they don't want their readers to either! In Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington, our two favorite philosopher-comedians return just in time to save us from the double-speak, flim-flam, and alternate reality of politics in America.

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Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, authors of the national bestseller Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar, aren't falling for any election year claptrap--and they don't want their readers to either! In Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington, our two favorite philosopher-comedians return just in time to save us from the double-speak, flim-flam, and alternate reality of politics in America.

Deploying jokes and cartoon as well as the occasional insight from Aristotle and his peers, Cathcart and Klein explain what politicos are up to when they state: "The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence." (Donald Rumsfeld), "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is." (Bill Clinton), or even, "We hold these truths to be self-evident…" (Thomas Jefferson, et al).

Drawing from the pronouncements of everyone from Caesar to Condoleeza Rice, Genghis Kahn to Hillary Clinton, and Adolf Hitler to Al Sharpton. Cathcart and Klein help us learn to identify tricks such as "The Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy" (non causa pro causa) and the "The Fallacy Fallacy" (argumentum and logicam). Aristotle and an Aardvark is for anyone who ever felt like the politicos and pundits were speaking Greek. At least Cathcart and Klein provide the Latin name for it (raudatio publica)!
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Philosopher/comedians Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein last entertained and enlightened us as the proprietors of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar. Now they have returned with Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington, a laugh-inducing corrective to political doublespeak. Cathcart and Klein are equal opportunity debunkers. Their targets range from Genghis Kahn, Thomas Jefferson, and Adolf Hitler to Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, and both Clintons. A fun tutorial for thinkers right and left.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781436104937
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/13/2007
  • Series: Recorded Books Unabridged Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 4 CDs, 4 hrs. 25 min.
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Cathcart and Dan Klein pursued the usual careers after majoring in philosophy at Harvard. Tom worked with street gangs in Chicago and dropped in and out of various divinity schools. Dan wrote jokes for comedians, designed stunts for Candid Camera, and continues to pen thrillers. Each lives with his wife in New England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2008

    Out of place in humor

    This book is no more philosophical than it's authors are philosophers and it is no more comedic than it's authors are comedians. The book is more banal punditry mostly towards the right with a few jabs at the liberals. If you are in the middle of the political spectrum you probably won't enjoy any of this read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2008

    Illogical arguments debunked

    What better illustrations of purposely misleading, wrongheaded arguments could one find than those proposed by politicians? This book is about teaching to think and to evaluate logically. If you have read more formal works about the rules of argumentation and are ready for illustrations to help better understand them, then this is the book. One should avoid this book if she has any healing cracked ribs. As far as political leaning, it's like a shooting gallery, one shoots at the things that are visible. Neither party has a monopoly on twisting the facts to fit the platform.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2008

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    I've always known the politicians were full of $%&#! Now, I can identify why... and in Latin. So much fun!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    An excellent read, although I would not suggest it for someone w

    An excellent read, although I would not suggest it for someone who does not have a basic grounding in logical fallacies. That being said, this book is not difficult to understand, and flows very nicely. I only wish that the authors had seen fit to include more jokes and fallacies, as I was able to read it in just a few hours. Definitely a worthwhile purchase.

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