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Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington has ratings and reviews. Scott said: I read this book in , and it probably has more meaning today. ‘Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington’. Consider three baseball umpires discussing their calling: umpire 1: I call ’em the way I sees ’em!. Tom Cathcart and Dan Klein talked about their book, [Aristotle and the Aardvark Go to Washington].

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Also, some might perceive a liberal bias -which didn’t bother me, but some may appreciate a heads up. When I realized they Found this on the audiobook shelf at the library.

The book illustrates many informal and formal fallacies including, but not limited to: They demonstrate examples of Ignoratio Elenchi “ignorance of the issue” or better known as “changing the subject”a favorite tactic of former secretary of defense Donald Rumsfield; Fallacy of False Dilemma: Last one Free shipping.

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Deploying jokes and cartoons 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 Clintonor even, “We hold these truths to be self-evident …” Thomas Jefferson, et al.

Essentially, it takes all of the famous cleverly or otherwise worded statements that we have heard in politics over the aardvatk few years and pins a philosophical debate moniker on each of them.

I really wasn’t feeling the bias. Like Clinton’s “Depends on w A fun little book that compacts several courses of college philosophy into a joke-filled discussion on political doublespeak. When a friend recommended this as hilarious, I expected a little more humour than I got from it. This item doesn’t belong on this page.

It is more about philosophical values and what it takes spin and tricks; lies and dissembling to get elected to promote those values. Dubya fans take note, this was w Time to deconstruct the spin of DC with some philosophical analysis and a few laughs.


It explores the various logical fallacies that are present in the political dialog. You know, going back to Septemberthe president said, dead or alive, we’re going to get [Osama bin Laden].

Probably only because it was multiple choice, however. Thanks for telling us about the problem. More egregious, is the instance they cite of a valid albeit unintentionally valid argument clearly waahington. About this product Synopsis Helps readers learn to unravel the circuitous claptrap of politicos ranging from Caesar to Condoleezza Rice, and Genghis Khan to Al Sharpton.

Through the use of ridiculous quotes from politicians, pundits, and talk show hosts, as well as anecdotes, jokes, and a bevy of political cartoons, Cathcart and Klein illustrate the rhetorical and philosophical concepts of argument albeit bad argument employed by those in authority. Yes, it was humor, but the thing that I liked most about it was that it was simply interesting. Sure, the jokes are a bit aardgark the one’s you would read after a Reader’s Digest article, but the discussion is a very good and a very entertaining one.

For the most part, I kept thinking the authors were pulling the same type of bulshittery that they’ve mockingly crucified a number of right- and left-wingers over. This is basically political satire and does what logic is supposed to do: 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.

Can’t tell them worth a wit, but I love ’em. That’s a failure Townsend: I have heard the author interviewed along with his collaborator on a prior book, ‘Plato and a Platypus walk into a bar: Bush’s administration, but be aware that Democrats are not left unscathed.

Aradvark still was laughing though, and it was a fairly enjoyable quick read.

I’m pretty sure everyone was disappointed in that administration and the tp is that virtually every writer and musician condemned in their craft which gets pretty old even if I agree with them. May 11, Amanda rated it liked it Recommends it for: The idea of examining political statements to explain logical fallacies made the combination of two subjects, which I would probably have never aardvrak up on their own, create a fascinating dialog.


I was surprised I got all the answers to the little quiz on word trickery at the end right! But being a politician – being on point daily, having to weave through complex, conflicting and emotional issues, with an eye toward election, and an eye on the media and audiences that demand sound bites – is a tough job.

No trivia or quizzes yet. It’s good to bear in mind, though, that it is the structure of debate itself that it mainly address.

Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington by Thomas Cathcart

This book handily deconstructs the flimflammery that passes for politics, and how illogical most of it is. Most of its examples are culled fro A truly pleasant and useful book, Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington helps and enables its readers to recognize when their intelligence is being insulted.

See details for additional description. They explain with comedic panache what’s wrong with it, and they give a real example. It does a great job afistotle explaining some of the great fallacies of our time with famous quotes that are very familiar. Using Philosophy And Jokes!

Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington

This is the point of the book: Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington: It confirms why I don’t watch or listen to much news- there’s only a shred of truth hidden within acres of BS. Refresh and try again. First, they tend to look at political discourse as a series of logical arguments, the exclusion of almost all else.

To ask other readers questions about Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washingtonplease sign up. And, in the end, are what we see with politicians and ourselves just modern-day manifestations of the deception used by all animals to get what they want?