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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And, in the end, are what we see with politicians and ourselves just modern-day aristot,e of the deception used by all animals to get what they want?

Maybe it’s just not my humor. The idea of examining political statements to explain logical fallacies made the combination of two subjects, which I would probably have never picked up on their own, create a fascinating dialog. They won’t touch it. Don’t get me wrong, the only thing I hate worse than Democrats is Republicans, but I refuse to believe that right-wingers are the ONLY people fluent in political Doublespeak.

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Now for the other shoe. It’s not efficient enough for my tired brain. The glossary lists selected bios of political “bullshitters,” as if non-politicos do not engage in spin, selectivity, and silence, and are less than truthful, in their daily relationships See,”The Truth About Lying. raistotle

The book was aristptle organized and walked you through the basics of logic, making this perfect for the novice, although probably also appealing in it’s innovative application to those more knowledgeable as well.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. It would be the mother’s choice to kill that baby. Tom lives on Cape Cod with his wife.

Rather, it aims at mobilizing true believers and marginalizing descent. Mar 29, Bob Nichols rated it it was ok. May 11, Amanda rated it liked it Recommends it for: While the examples of erroneous thinking and fallacious reasoning presented here are not by any means exhaustive of aristofle subject matter, they are nonetheless the most common, and it is a public service to put their names in the public consciousness.


I did feel like the focus on the Bush administration is getting overdone. 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 Wwashington Rumsfield; Fallacy of False Dilemma: Because of the time period it was written, many of its modern examples draw from G. I tried not to be a Red or Blue State reader but the authors picked predominantly Red Party characters to exploit in their examples.

Seriously, though, it’s often hard to listen to our elected officials and all those annoying pundits, because, deep down, we know something isn’t right about the stuff they are spewing. The philosophical theme is a stretch.

Also, it doesn’t quite have as many laughs as Cathcart’s other philosophy book Plato and a Platypus walk into a Bar. The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. People who bought this also bought. I’m sure there are books out there that illustrate logical fallacies through concrete examples that are a lot better, but it was a decent read. This book, unlike its predecessor Plato and a Platypus which was greatwas far too one-sided to be of any use to me.

Radical right wingers probably won’t enjoy this book. When a friend recommended this as hilarious, I expected a little more humour than I aatdvark from aristotoe.

When I realized they Found this on the audiobook shelf at the library. How do you know when a politician is lying? What is not so easily dismissed is that Cathcart and Klein commit some of the very fallacies they find in politicians. But what if they do touch it? I didn’t care for the final chapter, because it was merely a litany of snide comments about various politicians, authors, etc. Best Selling in Textbooks, Education See all. Then again, if you can’t laugh at how messed up politics have become, this might washingto be the best choice for you either.


I also confess that I’ve reread the best bits a number of times. One would think that coming up with fallacious exemplars among the political classes would be like hunting fish in a barrel. When they criticized right-wingers for giving John Kerry a hard time about his famous “stuck in Iraq” quote I’d had about enough. Possibly the first non-narrative nonfiction book I’ve voluntarily completed.

However, if we have learned anything in the past years or so of marketing, it is there are more persuasive means than rhetoric. Jun 08, Ron rated it liked it Shelves: So I end up terrorizing friends, family and colleagues by cornering them with comics and political cartoons from people who can.

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.

Which should scare you.

Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington

A few of the concepts went way over my head, especially when they tried to run circles around a certain logical fallacy. Philosophy Literary Hardcover Books. It does well to teach logic to the non-philosopher layman, though I wonder if its treatment is so brief that very little will stick. 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 gk is a tough job.

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