Assholes: A Theory (2020)

Assholes: A Theory Aaron James Assholes A Theory Don t take this personally but assholes seem to be everywhere lately and we need a rigorous theory to account for and deal with them In the spirit of the mega selling On Bullshit philosopher Aaron
  • Title: Assholes: A Theory
  • Author: Aaron James
  • ISBN: 9780385535656
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Hardcover
Assholes: A Theory Aaron James Don t take this personally , but assholes seem to be everywhere lately, and we need a rigorous theory to account for and deal with them In the spirit of the mega selling On Bullshit, philosopher Aaron James has done just that, providing us all in Aristotelian terms with some much needed catharsis Unless you happen to be Donald Trump or Kanye West or Dick Cheney, in wDon t take this personally , but assholes seem to be everywhere lately, and we need a rigorous theory to account for and deal with them In the spirit of the mega selling On Bullshit, philosopher Aaron James has done just that, providing us all in Aristotelian terms with some much needed catharsis Unless you happen to be Donald Trump or Kanye West or Dick Cheney, in which case you may take it personally Unless you are a real asshole yourself.
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  1. BillKerwin

    I should have listened to my friend Jon, who told me that this book was not nearly as funny or entertaining as it promised to be.It is difficult at times to tell if Assholes is a parody of dry, prolix, academic treatises, or just a treatise about assholes written in a dry, prolix, academic style The final result is much the same I won t deny there are a few worthwhile pages here the definition of asshole, for example, is a precise one that articulates the distinction between boor, asshole and ps [...]

  2. Lyn

    Assholes, A theory was published by Aaron James, a Harvard educated philosopher and surfer, in 2012.I have to admit that when I picked up the book, I was amused by the title and considered that it might be a one trick pony, sort of like a Saturday Night Live skit stretched out into a book, funny at the beginning and then petered out towards the end.I was pleasantly surprised and than amused, I was engrossed by the author s well thought out and intelligent ideas.First, James defines what it mean [...]

  3. Joi Reece

    I must admit that this is another book that caught my eye simply due to the title Be warned it is what it appears to be a book about assholes, so the title can be taken literally If you are an asshole or have ever been called one to your face or behind your back you may or may not be ready for this book For those who know an asshole or two, after reading this book, the list will grow Either way, keep reading my review Up until reading this book, I don t think I completely understood the sheer am [...]

  4. Bradley

    I m glad I went into this with eyes wide opened as to the widespread prevalence and ubiquitous presence of assholes.I mean, honestly, we all know one, or two, or sometimes a full office full of them And even if we don t have many real life line cutters, traffic weavers, or conversation killers in our lives, at least we have Trump And high level bankers And Rush And practically the entire existing vocal portion of the political process in America We have lots and lots and lots of good examples.Wh [...]

  5. Ben Labe

    While the title might mislead prospective readers to assume that Assholes A Theory offers either a lighthearted assortment of anti asshole yet thoroughly assholish quips or an amoral guidebook in the manner of Machiavelli s The Prince, what this book really delivers is a complete account of the psychology, morality, and social bearing of the common asshole James is a serious philosopher, and Assholes is a serious piece of ethics James handles the asshole phenomenon from every angle The asshole, [...]

  6. Judy

    Should I be concerned that one of my favorite staff members at my local library grabbed me and said, Judy, we just got in a book that I think you should read Fingers crossed that she wasn t making a value judgment or statement I think that she thought I would be interested And I was Aaron James received his PhD from Harvard and is a professor of philosophy at the University of California Irvine and he takes a philosophical approach in dealing with the subject of assholes James points out that as [...]

  7. VampireNovelFan

    2.5 stars.The description of this book is a bit misleading I was expecting a lighter yet informative read There were some moments where I enjoyed it and chuckled quite a bit, but I wish there was material to relate to for myself I liked the descriptions of the types of assholes While reading it, I found myself thinking of all of the ones in my life, appropriately categorizing them along the way The book would break off into a lot of lengthy political tangents, which I didn t really care about I [...]

  8. Karl

    This was very much a book by a writer who s fairly sure he s funny It s actually pretty dry.The opening chapters, developing a taxonomy of assholes, are occasionally amusing I blew air out of my nose slightly harder than normal a few times, I think I smirked once or twice His general conception of the asshole is one who, against all logic and reason, considers themselves entitled to than everyone else Let me cut in let me have that parking space let me have control over the board don t you know [...]

  9. Christie Bane

    Whew I am so glad I finally finished this book With the title it has, and with its small size and large print, this book should have taken me a couple hours But, because it was so boring, it took me four days instead I was looking for funny and useful suggestions for dealing with assholes, and instead I got a boring academic discussion on the various aspects of assholery Chapters on asshole management , which should have been fun to read, were dull and tedious At times this guy s assessment of p [...]

  10. Lisa Roney

    I found this book helpful in my continuing effort to understand why my place of employment is so rife with a holes But, as several other reviewers point out, there are a couple of problems with the book First, James feels the need to do the philosopher thing no surprise he s a philosopher , that is, he focuses on logical nuances and possible counter arguments and counter explanations, which can get tedious at times Also, as James notes, the book is not a practical advice book about how to deal w [...]

  11. Jon

    I wanted to like this book, since I certainly agree with it and my wife read it ahead of me, laughing long and often I found it a good deal less funny, but I appreciated what I thought was a pretense of serious philosophical discussion ironically applied to a relatively trivial subject But it turned out not to be a pretense, nor was it ironic It was a careful far too careful for me analysis of exactly what an asshole is, how he almost always a he came to be what he is, what he does to society, p [...]

  12. Chris

    Loaner from Dan Amusing, but goes on for a bit longer than it needs to First half of the book is the best.

  13. Scott Rhee

    If justice goes, there is no longer any value in human beings living on the earth Immanuel KantAssholes are everywhere We work with them We shop with them We drive on the same roads with them We have them in our own family We even have one currently as our President of the United States Assholes are a fact of life They have always been with us, and they always will But that doesn t mean we have to turn the other cheek, back down, curl up, and take their shit.University of California, Irvine phil [...]

  14. ✰☽✰RaeleighReads✰☾✰

    If one is special on one s birthday, the asshole s birthday comes every day As one might expect, James begins by defining the term asshole What is an asshole According to James, it is someone who has an entrenched sense of entitlement This someone believes himself entitled to special privileges ALL of the time as opposed to the rest of us who only believe ourselves to be entitled to special privileges SOME of the time.James works his way through this theory with quite a bit of philosophical jarg [...]

  15. Timothy McNeil

    While Aaron James Assholes A Theory may be to use his own terminology pop philosophy , it is not an unserious work There is an assumption that the reader has some familiarity with moral theories, but James does what he can to address less introductory matters such as the argument against the possibility of free will and now suffering through Tamler Sommers A Very Bad Wizard has paid off in a manner that allows the average reader to follow the tract of the book.It is not meant as humor, though Ja [...]

  16. sologdin

    Am thinking that this might ve made a really snappy essay Author notes Harry Frankfurt s text On Bullshit and identifies his own argument as lying within this distinguished line of research 9 , which demonstrates a reasonable sense of humor.The basic definition of the term is a person who allows himself to enjoy special advantages and does so systematically, out of an entrenched sense of entitlement, and is immunized by his sense of entitlement against the complaints of other people 5 , which st [...]

  17. Satyajeet

    Assholes A Theory Call me when it s a Theorem 2.5 stars To appreciate the effort, I chose 3 stars, instead of 2 I really wanted to like this book I picked this one because of the interesting title, but this is not as funny as I thought it would be The first part is good, there is humor, and his commentaries made some sense, but in the second part, humor goes a little dry and makes the reader feels like it is a bit longer than it needs to.I thought there s going to be an amazing analysis and prof [...]

  18. Sharon

    This is a tongue and cheek philosophical theory of what makes someone an asshole James comes up with irritating traits of assholes such as not hearing someone out and reflecting ignorance of crucial facts or lack of concern with what is reasonably acceptable from everyone s point of view and actively reasoning from his sense of entitlement rather than from an independent understanding of what the moral law requires After defining an asshole he creates categories such as the Boorish Asshole, the [...]

  19. Rachel

    This was just horrible It started off goodbut like most academic ventures that try to appeal to a wide audience and be funny completely failed I couldn t determine if the author was being serious in his philosophic defining of an asshole or if he was being sarcastic throughoutwhatever it was sucked It got so longwinded and completely off point that I couldn t even make it through a paragraph without skimming The main point of this book from my standpoint this asshole loves to hear himself talk a [...]

  20. Ademption

    Aaron James attempts to define assholes as an initial step towards successfully interacting with them According to James, an asshole is a person who allows himself to enjoy special advantages in social relations out of an entrenched sense of entitlement that immunizes him against the complaints of other people Assholes take advantage of cooperation among people to derive extra personal benefits, beyond their apportioned share, and they usually have what sounds like a moral argument to back their [...]

  21. Reid

    Assholes A Theory, is actually a rather remarkable book, for the feat it manages to pull off than its actual content, which is also pretty fine.Here s the premise, and one with which we are all familiar there are assholes in the world, and they are deeply annoying Not the least of their negative qualities is that they don t particularly care if they are classified as such, so our criticism of them most often falls on deaf ears and elicits condescending responses.Aaron James was faced with this [...]

  22. John

    This seems to be an interesting article that swelled unhelpfully into a book Assholes does a good job of defining a particular kind of social misbehaviour the arrogating of undeserved privilege to oneself, while expecting others to behave morally, due to an unjustifiable sense of specialness that, in one s view, warrants such extraordinary behaviour The asshole is thus usefully distinguished from the sociopath.The book also shows why dealing with such people is so difficult remonstrating with th [...]

  23. Melissa

    I was walking through a bookstore one day, looking for the correct aisle to find a book I wanted En route, this book jumped off the shelf and into the front of my reading queue I expected it to be funny, and it was, but the little A Theory carried far weight than I thought it would Upon looking at the credentials of the author, it all made sense This was not the book I purchased, it was much better it was a philosophical romp through a world with assholes what makes them assholes, their effect [...]

  24. Rachel Elizabeth

    Although James can be very repetitive and prone to beanplating terms situations in the manner of many philosophically inclined folk, there are some things I enjoyed about this book First, his definition of what it is to be an asshole as opposed to an assclown or a buffoon, for example is delightfully precise an asshole believes systematically that he is entitled to special privileges, has an entrenched sense of entitlement, and doesn t hear other people s complaints about him because his entitle [...]

  25. Roxanne Russell

    Gripping.Ha No really I couldn t put it down and read it in one day Very satisfying to cross reference my experiences with assholes with this author s impressive grasp of moral philosophy and where assholes fit into that continuum Mostly I feel validated that my personal asshole management strategies square with his advice As far as his sweeping cultural, political and economic generalizations, I shrug at such broad strokes.

  26. Jessica

    I wish everyone would read this book.It s funny that other reviewers seem equally sure this book is either funny or serious, pop culture or academic I would say it is quite serious, and we laugh in recognition because the examples are so true.I studied Ethics in college and this book raises some legitimate philosophical points.

  27. Andrew Leon

    Assholes, by Aaron James, is a difficult book to walk past and not pick up With a title like that, it s hard to resist And I m sure that it s the title that has made the book a New York Times bestseller Probably bought as gifts, because, when you see a book called Assholes, you re bound to immediately think of someone who ought to have that book no matter what the book is ultimately about For me, that person was myself I mean, here was a book that promised to tell me where assholes come from and [...]

  28. Kyle Ryan

    The problem with Assholes A Theory, by Aaron James is that it s too dumb to be smart and too academic to be funny I came into the book with high expectations, mainly based on the title The thought process went something like I dislike assholes, but assholes can be funny A whole book that explains and presumably lightheartedly pokes fun at assholes will be a nice holiday read as I sip on eggnog and enjoy a light buzz Instead, I plodded through about 200 pages of philosophy ese to take in a concep [...]

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