Cancel anytime. People who bought this also bought Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates By: Thomas Cathcart Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins Unabridged 4 out of 5 stars 35 Performance 4 out of 5 stars 25 Story 4 out of 5 stars 24 The new book by the best-selling authors of Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar is a hilarious take on the philosophy, theology, and psychology of mortality and immortality. That is, Death. The authors pry open the coffin lid on this one, looking at the Big D and also its prequel, Life, and its sequel, the Hereafter.
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Very, very funny. The authors really hate politicians, but who can blame them? Cathcart and Klein demystify the speeches of politicians in a humorous and ironic way. A must read before each campaign. Jul 25, Jimm Wetherbee rated it liked it Cathcart and Klein has come up with a follow-up to their Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar, this time with a focus on logical fallacies, rhetoric, and contemporary political discourse.
Let me get one thing out of the way. I love jokes. So I end up terrorizing friends, family and colleagues by cornering them with comics and Cathcart and Klein has come up with a follow-up to their Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar, this time with a focus on logical fallacies, rhetoric, and contemporary political discourse. So I end up terrorizing friends, family and colleagues by cornering them with comics and political cartoons from people who can.
This should be no surprise. The jokes that worked best in Plato and a Platypus were those that illustrated fallacies.
And why not. Part of what makes a joke funny is the use it makes of the incongruity of meanings found in the same word or phrase or a subtle misunderstanding the suddenly jumps out, seemingly from nowhere.
Now for the other shoe. Cathcart and Klein, however, make two mistakes that seriously detract from what should have been a no-brainer. First, they tend to look at political discourse as a series of logical arguments, the exclusion of almost all else. There is little recognition of political discourse as a rhetorical art, and when it is, it is almost always seen as a species of persuasion. However, if we have learned anything in the past years or so of marketing, it is there are more persuasive means than rhetoric.
Moreover, a fair bit of contemporary political discourse does aim to persuade at all. Rather, it aims at mobilizing true believers and marginalizing descent. What is not so easily dismissed is that Cathcart and Klein commit some of the very fallacies they find in politicians. One would think that coming up with fallacious exemplars among the political classes would be like hunting fish in a barrel. Perhaps not. Granted, Townsend is as Cathcart and Klein state weaseling a bit.
The capture of bin Laden may also be a failure that has not yet occurred. In doing so, they failed to recognize a fallacy they pointed out earlier, that of the false dilemma. GOP Official: What happens when they [illegals] climb the fence. Delegate: You electrify it. Official: But what if they do touch it? You would let them die? Delegate: It would be their choice. Official: What about a mother with a baby strapped to her back?
Would you let the mother and the baby die? Leaving aside the relative merits or lack thereof of either abortion or fencing off Mexico as a method of immigration control the assertion that the above is a valid argument is at a minimum problematic.
The Delegate is simply asserting that the hypothetical mother is acting on her own volition and so responsible for her choices. If you work through Aristotle and an Aardvark long enough, Cathcart and Klein will help you find even more.
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