A Theory

Book - 2012
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In the spirit of the mega-selling On Bullshit , 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 whom there is no better name. Try as we might to avoid them, assholes are found everywhere--at work, at home, on the road, and in the public sphere. Encountering one causes great difficulty and personal strain, especially because we often cannot understand why exactly someone should be acting like that .

Asshole 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 people 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 for.

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Doubleday, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385535656
Branch Call Number: ANF 179 JAM
Characteristics: 221 p. ; 20 cm


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Aug 20, 2016

if you thought this is somehow anything nearly as good as BS....forget it...this is an insipid attempt and dull read.....

May 11, 2013

I hope Assholes will be a good way of developing constructive ways of dealing with these people and the problems they pose.

Dec 09, 2012

If you are looking for a practical solution on how to better deal with assholes in your life, this book won't be of much help. If you are a philosophy major and have always been wondering about how the works of Kant, Hobbes and Rousseau can be used to to explain why some guy just cut you off in traffic, then this book is for you.

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