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Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington: Understanding Political Doublespeak Through Philosophy and Jokes (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. Januar 2008


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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 196 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harry N. Abrams (1. Januar 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0810995417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810995413
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 1,9 x 17,8 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 114.234 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"Eats, Shoots and Leaves" meets 'Meet the Press' in this hilarious follow-up to the "New York Times" bestselling book "Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar"...Politics is the Shangri-La of comedy. Tom Cathcart and Daniel Klein are in top form in this rollicking - and revealing - analysis of political doublespeak, flimflam and the alternate realities that exist only in the minds of our modern Machiavelli's. With humour as well as an insight or two from Aristotle and his peers, our two favourite philosopher comedians parse the language of our elected (and court-appointed) officials. Who else could analyze Bill Clinton's famous, 'It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is?'?In this endlessly entertaining romp through popular pronouncements, readers learn to unravel the circuitous claptrap of politicos ranging from Caesar to Condoleezza Rice, Genghis Khan to Al Sharpton. They'll learn to identify tricks such as the Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy (Non Causa Pro Causa) and the Fallacy Fallacy or Argumentum ad Logicam (because while it's best to actually understand what the president is trying to say, knowing the Latin name it for it comes a close second).

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Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein are authors of the national bestseller, Plato and Platypus Walked into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes. The book was featured on the New York Times best-sellers list. The authors have been best friends since Harvard, where they both majored in philosophy. Dan has written jokes for various comedians including Flip Wilson and Lily Tomlin, designed stunts for Candid Camera, and authored several thrillers and mysteries. Tom dropped in and out of various divinity schools and currently makes certain that Danny's jokes are philosophically accurate. Dan lives in the Berkshires with his wife; Tom lives on Cape Cod with his wife.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ralf Kellermann am 27. Januar 2014
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Ja, hauptsächlich geht es um das "political doublespeak", um Rhetorik in der Politik also. Und ja, etwas sehr konzentriert ist das Ganze schon auf "Washington", auf die amerikanischen Verhältnisse also.

Obwohl der Titel in diesem Sinne jedoch ein eher enges Thema andeutet, ist das Buch weit mehr als ein lockerer Kommentar zur hintersinnigen Phrasendrescherei amerikanischer Politiker. Geboten wird vielmehr ein ebensowohl komischer wie lehrreicher Überblick über Möglichkeiten und Fallstricke der Rhetorik im Allgmeinen und der politischen Rhetorik (auch der deutschen) im Besonderen.

Das Buch erschien fast zeitgleich mit dem auch auf deutsch erschienen Klassiker "Platon und das Schnabeltier" Platon und Schnabeltier gehen in eine Bar...: Philosophie verstehen durch Witze, in dem dieselben Autoren im Medium kluger Witze in Kernprobleme der Philosophie einführen. Hier nun also ein ähnliches Programm für die Rhetorik. Wie "Platon und das Schnabeltier" bietet auch dieses Buch eine Vielzahl von witzigen Pointen, über die der eine Leser gut schmunzeln kann, die die andere Leserin aber auch gut in der Lehre einsetzen kann, wann immer es in Unterricht oder Seminar um rhetorische Fallstricke und Tricks geht. Wobei der Begriff der Rhetorik so weit reicht, dass auch der naturalistische Fehlschluss und ähnliche philosophische Probleme noch mit versorgt werden.

Glänzend gemacht und äußerst unterhaltsam. Man wundert sich, dass es noch keine deutsche Übersetzung gibt.
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44 von 50 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Nothing you haven't read already somewhere else. 11. April 2008
Von Swift - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I purchased this book concurrently with the duo's previous book - Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes. That one was as advertised - providing a gentle introduction (or perhaps re-introduction) to, say, the iedas of Rudolf Carnap in a well-written and often humorous-enough way.

This book ("Aristotle and an Aardvark") attempts to do the same for "political doublespeak" Unfortunately, it falls flat and seems dated already, quite soon after its original publication. Even though this book shares the same basic format as the previous one, this one suffers from three fundamental flaws:

1. If you're a likely reader of this book, you will already likely have encountered the vast majority of examples of quotes in your regular internet browsing over the last few years. The specifics of Kant or Schopenhauer illuminated in the previous book required at least a philosophy major's background knowlege of philosophy. The "research" for the factual content of this book could more or less be summed up from skimming CNN and watching the Daily Show.

2. I'm left-of-lenin liberal, but reading a book teeming with wink-wink ad hominems about George W Bush and co seems dated and gratuitous. I was expecting something more timeless, along the lines of the Philosophy book. Instead, we get jocular Tom Delay bashing.

3. The "theoretical" content of this book (which, by the way, would probably be more accurately called "... through theory and jokes", though that sounds rather unsaleable) is weak. It's largely an abridged list of standard logical fallacies. Unlike Wittenstein, this tends to be something that the target audience already knows. As such, the theoretical framework largely exists to make yet more George Bush jokes, interspersed with a slag on, say, Ray Nagin for balance or something.

On the plus side, the cartoons and unrelated jokes are good. There's probably something there you can work into a talk or lecture if you're an academic.

Overall, I expected something much more enlightened, witty, and intelligent.

In case it's not clear already: read the authors' other book, and probably give this one a miss.
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Funny, but with bias 12. März 2008
Von A. Ciardiello - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I read Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington after reading Cathcart and Klein's first book, Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar. Unfortunately, I did not find this one nearing as entertaining.

Foremost, it must be said that repetition of the same jokes over and over again became quite tiring. There was also nothing really new and innovative about the humor; most of the jokes about politics and politicians have been told before. Contrast this with Plato and a Platypus, where the humor was fresh and the punch-lines worth repeating.

As some of the previous readers have mentioned, there was a clear bias towards the Left. While the Republicans have been in power for the first six years of this decade and thus can provide more comedic fodder, I was still expecting a bit fairer treatment by Cathcart and Klein. But then again, I should have expected as much when Markos Moulitsas, founder of DailyKos, praises the book on its back cover.

Even still, it is an interesting read and you will learn how to identify the double-speak and fallacious reasoning so often employed by politicians. My personal recommendation: check-out this book from your local library. You'll learn a few things, and still have the $12.89.
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`Understanding Political Doublespeak Through Philosophy and Jokes' 18. Oktober 2008
Von Jennifer Cameron-Smith - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
The examples may be quoted from and especially relevant to Washington but the process of political doublespeak is universal. I mention that to try to reassure the Americans who may feel that their politicians (of whatever stripe) have been singled out unfairly. My own copy of this book is liberally festooned with Post-it notes, many of which cause me current amusement and may well form part of my future research for post-employment writing.

`It's a good speech - just a couple of points need obfuscation.'

The book (hardbound, as all good reference material should be) has six parts. Those parts are entitled:
Part I The Tricky Talk Strategy (Misleading with Doublespeak)
Part II The `So's Your Mother' Strategy (Misleading by Getting Personal)
Part III The Fancy Footwork Strategy (Misleading with Informal Fallacies)
Part IV The Star Trek Strategy (Misleading by Creating an Alternate Universe)
Part V Extra Credit (Misleading with Way Twisty Formal Fallacies)
Part VI The Debates (Misleading by Fabrication (Ours))

All of this is very important if you wish to understand what is fallacious and why. But if you are just in the mood for humour, and need to be comforted in these unsettling times consider: that failure may simply be a success that hasn't happened yet! This reminds me of another line (not in the book), which I will borrow from another famous philosopher (the late Jim Morrison) and quote accurately albeit out of context `No-one here gets out alive'. Is this a lie, or a larger truth?

Yes, it is true: `There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you' (Will Rogers)

Now I have a dilemma: where do I store this book? Under `H' for humour, or under `R' for reality? Alas, `F' for fallacy (examples) is already overflowing.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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Nothing really new 23. Februar 2008
Von J. Santee - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Even though the book is about Washington politics, it is quite evident the author does not like President Bush. I am no fan of Bush or some of his cohorts. Having said that, the constant anti-Bush theme gets boring at times - nothing really new. The persistent political inconsistencies cited by the author of many politicians and political groupies are well known and equally ignored by most people outside of the Beltway.
There are times when the humor is quite good and the jabs well placed.
34 von 44 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Logical Fallacies 101 - Through Politics 11. Januar 2008
Von The Spinozanator - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
A hilarious collection of political quotes, exposing logical fallacies (better known as bulls**t) of the quoters - by the authors of the best seller "Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar" - a similar treatise on philosophy.

Some are just white lies: President Reagan's aide Michael Deaver was asked how the President had reacted to Congress's authorization of the sale of planes to Saudi Arabia. Deaver quickly said, "The President said, "Thank God." Actually, the President had said, "I feel like I've just crapped a pineapple."

But some are blatantly transparent: "It's a success that hasn't occurred yet. I don't know that I'd call that a failure." - Homeland Security Advisor Townsend on why bin Laden had not yet been captured.

Some involve shooting the arrow at a barn, then drawing the bulls-eye around wherever the arrow landed: The wednesday after 9/11, Rumsfeld complained there were no decent targets for bombing in Afganistan and we should consider bombing Iraq, which had better targets.

Special sections for all occasions, such as how a politician can avoid apologizing: "Mistakes were made" - Nixon about Watergate, Alberto Gonzales about his attorney-generalship. For those who can't resist puzzles, a pop quiz is provided at the end - you get to match various quotes with their corresponding logical fallacies.

Text is quick to read, hard to put down, and completely entertaining - the book leaves you wanting more. There are 22 excellent all-purpose political cartoons, mostly from "New Yorker" magazine. The authors mix in some great jokes when needed to further illustrate a point. As Will Rogers said, "There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you."
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