Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington

Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington

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by Thomas Cathcart, Daniel Klein
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810995413
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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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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Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington: Understanding Political Doublespeak Through Philosophy and Jokes 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've always known the politicians were full of $%&#! Now, I can identify why... and in Latin. So much fun!
discourseincsharpminor More than 1 year ago
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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slimequeen More than 1 year ago
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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