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ARISTOTLE AND AN AARDVARK GO TO WASHINGTON : Understanding Political Doublespeak Through Philosophy and Jokes

Klein, Daniel + Thomas Cathcart,

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ISBN 10: 0810995417 / ISBN 13: 9780810995413
Published by Abrams Image, New York, New York, 2008
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Abrams Image 2008 - SIGNED BY BOTH AUTHORS on title page - First Edition - First Printing - 192 pages including Index, Acknowledgments - Pictorial Cover - NOT REMAINDER - NO SIGN OF PRIOR OWNERSHIP - flawless Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005851

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Title: ARISTOTLE AND AN AARDVARK GO TO WASHINGTON :...

Publisher: Abrams Image, New York, New York

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Pictorial Cover

Book Condition: New

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Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition - First Printing.

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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)!

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Tom Cathcart and Dan Klein pursued the usual careers after majoring in philosophy at Harvard. Tom worked with street gangs in Chicago and dropped in and out of various divinity schools. Dan wrote jokes for comedians, designed stunts for Candid Camera, and continues to pen thrillers. Each lives with his wife in New England.

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