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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They won’t touch it. When I realized they were using the very logical fallacies they were educating me about in order to make right-wingers look bad, I stopped listening. Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes, which will be translated into more than a dozen languages. Jan 23, Cody Sexton rated it really liked it. Maybe it’s just not my humor. Aristotle gk an Aardvark is for anyone who ever felt like the politicos and pundits were speaking Greek.

Deploying jokes A hilarious guide to the doublespeak, flimflam and alternate reality of politics in America. Logic enables you to avoid being deceived or manipulated. 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 aristotel concepts of argument albeit bad argument employed by those in authority.

Through jokes and philosophy Thomas Cathcart teaches us how to dissect political double speak while simultaneously giving us a pretty good primer on informal logic. Tom worked with street gangs in Chicago, doctors at Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and dropped in and out of divinity schools.

And 2 The examples were clearly biased against right-wing politics. Since rhetoric and logic aren’t necessarily taught as formal disciplines nowadays, this book is an excellent primer, introducing the principles, explicating them, and illustrating them, in a way not only thought-provoking and thought-tickling but accessible and memorable: Feb 17, Steven rated it really liked it.


Return to Book Page. In Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washingtonour two favorite philosopher-comedians return just in time to save us from the double-speak, flim-flam, and alternate reality of politics in America. This title enables you to learn how to identify tricks such as the Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy and the Fallacy Fallacy or Argumentum ad Logicam.

Cathcart and Klein, however, make two mistakes that seriously detract from what should have been a no-brainer.

Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington

Required reading for anyone who wants to dissect the constant stream of lies from our nation’s capital I read this book inand it probably has more meaning today. If you want to improve your own BS detection skills, definitely read this Want to Read saving….

More egregious, is the instance they cite of a g albeit unintentionally valid argument clearly isn’t.

aristtotle Dan lives in the Berkshires with his wife. The philosophical theme is a stretch. Thanks to Memorial Day weekend and a subsequent trip to see my niece graduate from high school, I took in two of these books by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein.

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. Great gift to any person with a philosophical bent especially philosophy professors. The reader sees a picture of a tape dispenser and two snails.

Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington by Thomas Cathcart

Enjoyable little book that shows how arguements can be framed to support almost any point of view and arisrotle to spot the false premise. That oversight could be put down the author’s focus on philosophy.

It is more about philosophical values and what it takes spin and tricks; lies and dissembling to get elected to promote those values. This is definitely one of the funnier books I have read. You would let them die?


Yes, it’s “timely” and ultimately partisan, but that’s another debate—and less a literary criticism as perhaps the afistotle of a successful textual approach, that it would inspire aarvark aid in debate.

And 2 The examples were clea The point of the book is to demonstrate different logical fallacies through real life political examples. If nothing else, it manages to remind us with humour that we need to pay attention to the folks we put in office and do more to make sure we understand who we’re electing.

At least Cathcart and Klein provide the Latin name for it raudatio publica!

It is a good summary of the various fallacies of argument with humorous example. Aug 10, Marc rated it really liked it.

I spotted this short one on the library shelves and thought it might be fun. Can’t tell them worth a wit, but I love ’em. Would you let the mother and the baby die? Oct 11, Steve rated it liked it.

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May 15, Scott Rhee rated it it was amazing Shelves: I tried not to be a Red or Blue State reader but the authors picked predominantly Red Party characters to exploit in their examples. E o carte instructiva, insa cinica, foarte potrivita educatiei dupa lectia de “filosdotica”. Great for political junkies This book is a great read for people who love political humor, such as I.