Aristotle and An Aardvark Go to Washington

Aristotle and An Aardvark Go to Washington

Understanding Political Doublespeak Through Philosophy and Jokes

Book - 2007
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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)!
Publisher: New York : Penguin, 2007.
ISBN: 9780810995413
Branch Call Number: 401.41 CAT
Additional Contributors: Klein, Daniel M.


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serob Feb 02, 2016

A delightful little book which describes the fallacies of logic in political argumentation. If you've long suspected that there's something hinky coming out of politicians mouths but couldn't quite put your finger on just how, this book will help clear things up. Although the authors admit to a liberal bias, they use examples from the entire political spectrum.
With jokes!

boonerator Apr 01, 2012

This is one of 3 by the authors and they are a great source of jokes. I bought "Plato and a platypus walk into a bar" and have used lots of very funny and clean jokes. Jokes suitable for any occasion. This one is a little more serious but still worth reading

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