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Rse to fight back I found myself willing to instead just copy and print the letter to an asshole at the end of the book because it expressed my feelings fairly accurately So while I had a couple of issues with this book it s worth a look #especially for the asshole categorizations the letter to #for the asshole categorizations the letter to asshole at the end and the game theory which made me reminisce about my college days where we experimented with this theory for a class project in business school I should have listened to my Goodreads friend Jon who told me that this book was not nearly as funny or entertaining as it promised to beIt 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 psychopath but there is lots and lots of padding here I suspect it would have made an amusing magazine article but there is just not enough here for a bookThe principal reason I kept reading this book was that I hoped it would turn out to be like Harry G Frankfurt s incisive and instructive On Bullshit which I read a few ears ago and which was much shorter and to the point Do not make the same mistake I made Assholes never rises to the level of Bullshit I m glad I went into this with eyes wide opened as to the widespread prevalence and ubiuitous presence of assholesI 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 examplesWhat didn t really have was a comprehensive attempt to define and refine all the aspects about what truly makes up an Asshole Enter this book The extremely nerdy logical euivalent of a loud fart Not humorous in the way most of us like fart jokes mind The Carpenters you It s just so nerdy it still had me chuckling the entire timeAssholes are people with entrenched senses of entitlementPretty easy They will sometimes giveou long winded reasons why they do asshole things giving lip service to the basic moral euivalency of cooperation and knowing that we re all in the same boat but they still go ahead and pull an asshole move anyway Assholes can be that person who always complains to the management when his McD fries aren t fresh enough They re also the people who perpetuate the idea of the Noblese making sure Los Hijos del Orden you know thatou deserve so much while taking the lion s share of everything They are the people that we wish we could curtail with laws and restrictions and sanctions but because the things they re doing are socially reprehensible and not precisely unlawful we all just look on in disgust as they get away with itFun stuff I most appreciated the sociological ramifications and possible means to put assholes in their place Totally recommend dude Especially for surfers Should I be concerned that one of my favorite staff members at my local library Grabbed Me And Said Judy me and said Judy just got in a book that I think ou 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 assholes can be found anywhere I ve decided to re shelve this I know it is me not the author but for reasons I do not understand I just can t seem to focus on this book I m going to pick it up again in the fall when my own mind is a bit uieter72616 I saw this book opened up in front of someone and I couldn t resist asking about it the title demands it turns out a mom and her teen aged daughter were both reading the book passing it back and forth and both of them had only good things to say so of course I had to buy my own copy Just the first chapter in but no buyer s remorse here71. Ople seem part of the human social condition especially in an age of raging narcissism and unbridled capitalism These concepts are also practically useful as understanding the asshole we are stuck with helps us think constructively about how to handle problems he and they are mostly all men presents We get a better sense of when the asshole is best resisted and when he is best ignored a better sense of what is and what is not worth fighting fo. ,
Operative relations the asshole allows himself to enjoy special advantages and does so systematically does this out of an entrenched sense of entitlement and is immunized by his sense of entitlement against the complaints of other peopleThe author then goes on to describe various types of asshole such as the royal asshole the political asshole and the delusional asshole In humorous by not always unkind fashion James also goes on to list some examplesJames also distinguishes between the common asshole and those who suffer and by extension cause others to suffer due to mental illness psychopaths and narcissists and our garden variety of jerks schmucks clowns and those who do not act out of a systematic character but who simply and temporarily act like an asshole In contrast to the anti social and maddening behavior of the asshole James introduces us to the anti asshole the cooperative person This person comprising the great majority of social humans is that person to whom standing patiently in a line or volunteering for the common good is juxtaposed and found at odds with the self centered and insensitive misanthropeFinally James helps us to cope with idea on asshole management and stoic acceptanceThe reviews on this book are mixed and I think I know why Most readers myself included will read the title and assume that this will be a riotous laugh out loud calling out of social ne er do wells This is instead a philosophic and astute essay on those people in polite society who drive the rest of us insane uoting Hobbes Rousseau Hegel Gandhi and Jesus James gives us a scholarly approach to an age old and ever increasing problem 2018 The great thing about this book is that I still think about it often as I am out and about And it has become a guide to dealing with these people that we find everywhere Most interestingly this book has helped me to not be as judgmental and universal in my occasional scorn Rather than saying that person is an asshole I freuently assign the term acting like an asshole for a presumed momentary lapse in civility The most common display is of course they re driving like an asshole While the title might mislead prospective readers to assume that Assholes A Theory offers either a lighthearted assortment of anti asshole To Rabbittown yet thoroughly assholish uips 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 as he defines it is someone who systematically allows himself special advantages in his relations with others out of an entrenched sense on entitlement that leaves him inoculated against the legitimate complaints of others It is that very failure to acknowled 25 starsThe description of this book is a bit misleading I was expecting a lighteret informative read There were some moments where I enjoyed it and chuckled uite 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 know politicians are assholes I don t need a rehash of the history about it I don t care to categorize what kind of assholes they are I just care about the ones in my everyday lifeand celebs I wanted definitive guidance as to what would be the best course of action to deal with them What s written is common sense or at least it suggests for ou to use it I also wasn t a fan of the nature vs nurture argument and how culture cultivates assholes There were too many sweeping generalizations suggesting that Canada and Japan don t have assholes in comparison to the US and Italy which I personally think is total to the US and Italy which I personally think is total because I ve spent time in both Japan #And Canada And Can Affirm That They Have Assholes Especially #Canada and can affirm that they have assholes especially the surface There were a few wise words that were highlight worthy but they were about how I should internalize assholian attitudes as opposed to the best recou. Whom there is no better name Try as we might to avoid them assholes are found everywhere and in multiple iterations smug assholes royal assholes the presidential asshole corporate assholes reckless assholes The list goes onAsshole management begins with asshole understanding Much as Machiavelli illuminated political strategy for princes this book finally gives us the concepts to think or say why assholes disturb us so and explains why such pe. 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 ou
are an asshole or have ever been called one to Stygiophilia your face or behindour back ouan asshole or have ever been called one to our face or behind Misconduct (Birmingham Rebels, your backou 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 amount of differing types of assholes that I am subjected to and surrounded by on a daily basis I applaud Aaron James for a well researched book on the subject of assholes The book does an impressive job of describing the ingredients of an asshole the different asshole styles that one might encounter and how we choose to respond to an assholeThe sole subject of this read is about the asshole the person who wrongly believes himself assholes are almost invariably male to be worthy of special treatment due to an entrenched sense of entitlement By definition the person who habitually speeds recklessly down the freeway creating chaos and havoc is an asshole But psychopaths like Hitler and Stalin are not assholes they meet some of the criteria but they brought far too much suffering on others to be mere assholes Broad description right Okay I ll go a step further Wondering if to be mere assholes Broad description right Okay I ll go a step further Wondering if or someone who Hollywood Education you know is an asshole Without giving away the book think of the person who cuts lines because their time is valuable than others or of the inconsiderate idiot who takes a call while in the movie theater because that is important thanour enjoyment or the douche who would fire staff to meet earnings per share #reuirements for their bonuses Get the picture And just when Steps Through the Mist you thoughtou knew everything about the asshole my favorite #for their bonuses Get the picture And just when The Missing Brides (Missing, you thoughtou knew everything about the asshole my favorite appeared Asshole Capitalism You have to read the book to know whyOutside of my personal enjoyment with reading the word asshole so many times in one book I found this to be a pleasurable read It will make me think logically about the kind of asshole I am listening to andor dealing with with the understanding that they will never change The only thing that can change is how I choose to deal with them Someone should however write a book on asshole management Hint hint 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 insteadI 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 public figures who were also assholes seemed to be shall we say slightly influenced by politics The worst part of it was that he brought philosophers into the discussion of assholes No thank Jan, Jans en de kinderen 11 you I could not bring myself to one star this book because the author who has Ivy League affiliations can certainly write well enough He just needs another PhD in being interesting in my opinion This was very much a book by a writer who s fairly sure he s funny It s actually pretty dryThe 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 tou know who I amProf James then considers t Assholes A theory was published by Aaron James a Harvard educated philosopher and surfer in 2012I 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 endI was pleasantly surprised and than amused I was engrossed by the author s well thought out and intelligent ideasFirst James defines what it means to be an asshole His working definition In interpersonal or co. The perfect graduation gift for every oung adult entering the real world In the New York Times bestseller Nick Hornby calls helpful stimulating and very timely The Believer philosopher Aaron James presents a theory of the asshole that is both intellectually provocative and existentially necessary What does it mean for someone to be an asshole The answer is not obvious despite the fact that we are often personally stuck dealing with people for. .