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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May 11, Amanda rated it liked it Recommends it for: Adding to my enjoyment, many of aardvarl references and politicos mentioned in this book are contemporary and thus fresh in my mind. Aug 22, Molly G rated it it was amazing Shelves: Since I understand math but have always been baffled by the talking heads, this was just the ticket for me! I have heard the author interviewed along with his collaborator on a prior book, ‘Plato and a Platypus walk into a bar: I didn’t care for the final chapter, because it was merely a litany of snide comments about various politicians, authors, etc.

Tom worked with street gangs in Chicago, doctors at Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and dropped in and out of divinity schools. Kind of defeated the whole point of the book.

Well, Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein have spent their lives figuring out how to detect bullshit from our nation’s leaders. A truly pleasant and useful book, Qashington and an Aardvark Go to Washington helps and enables its readers to recognize when their intelligence is being insulted.

Jun 08, Ron rated it liked it Shelves: The book was okay, as it was both very informative aardfark used decent examples. 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. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.


Can’t tell them worth a wit, but I love ’em.

Yes, it’s “timely” and ultimately partisan, but that’s another debate—and less a literary criticism as perhaps the sign of a successful textual approach, that it would inspire and aid in debate. As a book on CD though, it was somewhat difficult to follow, as I wanted to go back and “reread” the previous sentence to make sure that I understood it correctly.

Also, I totally aced the test at the end, so that was nice. Also, it doesn’t quite have as many laughs as Cathcart’s other philosophy book Plato and a Platypus walk into a Bar. Still don’t have him. So I end up terrorizing friends, family and colleagues by cornering them with comics and political cartoons from people who can.

Anyway, it’s worth it for how short it is. Mar 29, Bob Nichols rated it it was ok.

We just can’t seem to put our fingers on why. I’m pretty sure everyone was disappointed in that administration aardvarkk the result is that virtually every writer and musician condemned in their craft which gets pretty old even if I agree with them. Ratings and Reviews Sashington a review. The book was well organized and walked you through the basics of logic, making this perfect for the novice, al When a friend recommended this as hilarious, I expected a little more humour than I got from it.

That oversight could be put down the author’s focus on philosophy.

Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington

Probably Leans to the left, but is an interesting look at how words are used in politics and how they are sneaky. I think part of why I wanted to read this book, after so many years of finding the subject matter not only 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. One would think that coming up with fallacious exemplars among the political classes would be like hunting fish in a barrel.

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Political Books Thomas Jefferson. Books by Thomas Cathcart. My favorite jokes in this book: It was published inso missing is applications of the last four years.

Bush who said, on Sept. The problem is, that the book relies on pointing out sort of ridiculous quotes from politicians and pundits for the humor more than relying on ac I really enjoyed Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Barso when I stumbled on this at a bookstore the other day, it was a no brainer. Who would have thought mathmatical formulas could be used do decypher the B.

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Jan 23, Cody Sexton rated it really liked it. Refresh and try again. Yes, it was humor, but the thing that I liked most about it was that it was simply interesting.

bo It’s almost Primary Time! I’m pretty sure everyone Not as good as its predecessor, Plato and a Platypus. Show More Show Less. A fun little book that compacts wadhington courses of college philosophy into a joke-filled discussion on political doublespeak. This focused on logic, or rather, illogic in politics. Lists with This Book.

Then again, if you can’t laugh at how messed up politics have become, this might not be the best choice for you either.

You won’t find any criticism of the Obama administration whatsoever because the book predates it. Well, I’m not sure—its a success that hasn’t occurred yet.

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