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

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 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

Product Details

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

About 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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Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington: Understanding Political Doublespeak through Philosophy and Jokes 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
OccamsHammer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a review for the unabridged audio version of Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington. Very rarely does a book come along that fails at every point. This book reads like a college essay written two hours before the due date. The feeble attempt to educate the reader about fallacies in logical arguments are undermined by the fact that the best examples of bad logic comes from the authors own diatribes. Jokes that are intended to illustrate the points of the author are old and lame. Politics of the author are interjected in the most clumsy manor. Conservative politicians are described as being weasel like while liberals are treated with kids gloves. Basically it is mental masturbation for the left wing set.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago