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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Granted, Townsend is as Cathcart and Klein state weaseling a bit. It would be their choice. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Jan 30, Ferda Nihat Koksoy rated it liked it Shelves: I think part of why I wanted to read this book, after so many years of finding the subject matter not aardvqrk boring but actually sparking a kind of pain-aversion reflex, was getting sick of the sense of paralysis, impotence, helplessness, of not knowing what to do about current events, because it’s so hard to get any sense of objective reality or know which end is up.

However, the reader, Johnny Heller, does some great vocal impressions of various politicians. Most of the time however, I was able to follow the authors’ train of thought the first time. My favorite jokes in this book: This is the point of the book: As promised on the cover, this work is loaded with humor via jokes, zingers and irony.

Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington by Thomas Cathcart

Through the use of ridiculous quotes from politicians, pundits, and talk show hosts, as well as anecdotes, jokes, and a bevy aardvrak political cartoons, Cathcart and Klein illustrate the rhetorical and philosophical concepts of argument albeit bad argument employed by afistotle in authority. The more intellectual and interested in politics you are, the more you will like this book. Skip to main content.


The glossary lists selected bios of political “bullshitters,” as if non-politicos do not washngton in spin, selectivity, and silence, and are less than truthful, in their daily relationships See,”The Truth About Lying. This book is kind of Readers Digesty, with short vignettes on how politicos, their defenders and camp followers “perpetuate their tricks.

Since I understand math but have always been baffled by the talking heads, this was just the ticket for me! A must read before each campaign. 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 aardfark in America. Who would aardvagk thought mathmatical formulas could be used do decypher the B.

It does a great job of explaining some of the great fallacies of our time with famous quotes that are very familiar. 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.

Found this on the audiobook shelf at the library.

Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington

Philosophy Literary Hardcover Books. The book illustrates many informal and formal fallacies including, but not limited to: See details for additional description. I also confess that I’ve reread the best bits a number of times.


N-as fi crezut ca o sa invat pentru proba la Logica din aceasta carte.

It would be the mother’s choice to kill that baby. Any Condition Any Condition. Moreso than with the audio edition of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a BarI found this recording easier to follow.

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Through jokes and philosophy Thomas Cathcart teaches us arustotle to dissect political double speak while simultaneously giving us a pretty good primer on informal logic. Using Philosophy And Jokes!

Most of its examples are culled from the current administration, which, while it has a set a record for creative mendacity that will no doubt echo through the ages, is hardly the only villain in this area. Jun 30, Iulia rated it really liked it. You won’t find any criticism of the Obama administration whatsoever because the book predates it. No political party or historical time period is immune to being used as an example, though conservatives would probably accurately react that they suffer most!

With that said, Hey! Aug 10, Marc rated it really liked it.