The Philosopher and the Wolf: Lessons from the Wild on Love, Death, and Happiness

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Pegasus Books, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 246 pages
This fascinating book charts the relationship between Mark Rowlands, a rootless philosopher, and Brenin, his well-traveled wolf. After acquiring Brenin as a cub, it quickly became apparent that Breinin was never to be left alone, as the consequences to Mark's house and its contents were dire. As a result, Brenin and Mark went everywhere together—from classroom lecture to Ireland, England, and France. More than just an exotic pet, Brenin exerted an immense influence on Rowlands as both a person, and, strangely enough, as a philosopher, leading him to re-evaluate his attitude to love, happiness, nature and death. By turns funny (what do you do when your wolf eats your air-conditioning unit?) and poignant, this life-affirming book will make you reappraise what it means to be human.

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User Review  - Ma_Washigeri - LibraryThing

A clear mind and an inspiring life. I'm glad there are people (and wolves) out there like that and I wish he had been one of my philosophy tutors..... even while I wonder if I would have been happy to ... Read full review

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User Review  - diovival - LibraryThing

The best thing about this book had nothing to do with the author's contribution. I was visiting with a friend's family in Ireland and her stepdad was nice enough to let me borrow his copy. I could see ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Mark Rowlands was born in 1962 and is a Welsh writer and philosopher. He is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami, and the author of several books on the philosophy of mind, the moral status of non-human animals, and cultural criticism. He is known within academic philosophy as one of the principal architects of the view known as the extended mind. His works include Animal Rights, The Body in Mind, The Nature of Consciousness, Animals Like Us, and a personal memoir, The Philosopher and the Wolf. His best known work is his international best-selling memoir, The Philosopher and the Wolf, about the decade he spent living and travelling with a wolf. It has been described as an autobiography of an idea about the relationship between humans and non-human animals.

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