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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.

Deploying jokes and cartoon as well as the ...
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Overview

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: 9781615598618
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.80 (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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  • Posted August 3, 2011

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    Deconstructing the Spin

    While quite amusing, this book contains some serious information and pits our politicians (circa mid-2000's) and their bullfunky against the rhetorical fallacies outlined by Aristotle. Jokes are sprinkled throughout the book as well because comedy also untilizes the fallacies often. You won't find any criticism of the Obama administration whatsoever because the book predates it. Dubya fans take note, this was written during the depths of the very contentiously debated and still controversial Iraq War and the authors do not shy away from it. Also, some might perceive a liberal bias -which didn't bother me, but some may appreciate a heads up. I loved this book and feel that many who enjoy philosophy, politics, and a good joke would too.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    GIVES YOU THE TOOLS TO SORT OUT THE FACTS FROM THE CR**

    With a lot of humor and some great examples pulled from the headlines of today's news, you quickly learn how to identify and counter all the most common fallacies floating around out there.

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