Deploying jokes 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)!
©2008 Thomas Carthcart; ©2008 Daniel Klein; (P)2008 Recorded Books
If you're interested in learning about fallacies, this is an excellent book to start with. The authors bring humor to fallacious political statements.
I expected humor by the title and discussing philosophy is usually interesting and educational --this book was neither one. The jokes (as far as I got into it) were old and what the authors called philosophy, I would call ad hominem political attacks and just plain bias. Not that I didn't agree with some of the criticism of those being attacked here --it was just done poorly and without style.
Read the first in the series and found it interesting. This book, however, turned into one man's political opinions. Just one more tired slash at conservatism and religious principles. Very tiring rhetoric. The only thing "Aristotle and an Aardvark" has to offer is a new cover to the same old philosophy. Sorry I spent the money.
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