The philosopher and the wolf: lessons from the wild on love, death and happiness

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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

Contents

The Clearing
1
Brotherwolf
12
Distinctly Uncivilized
47
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Mark Rowlands is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami. He is the author of "The Body in Mind: Understanding Cognitive Processes, Body Language: Representation in Action" (MIT Press, 2006), "The Philosopher and the Wolf, " and other books.