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The Philosopher's Dog : Routledge Classics - Raimond Gaita

The Philosopher's Dog

Routledge Classics

Paperback Published: 22nd September 2016
ISBN: 9781138687943
Number Of Pages: 194

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In this beautifully written book Raimond Gaita tells inspirational, poignant, sometimes funny but never sentimental stories of the dogs, cats and cockatoos that lived and died within his own family. He asks fascinating questions about animals: Is it to attribute the concepts of love, devotion, loyalty, grief or friendship to them? Why do we care so much for some creatures but not for others? Why are we so concerned to prove that animals have minds? Reflecting on these questions, and drawing on the ideas of Descartes, Wittgenstein and J.M.Coetzee Gaita pleads that we ask ourselves what it means to be creatures of 'flesh and blood.' He discusses mortality and sexuality, the relations between story telling, philosophy and science and the spiritual love of mountains. An arresting and profound book The Philosopher's Dog is a triumph of both story telling and philosophy. This Routledge Classics edition includes a substantial new introduction and afterword by the author, which expand on some of its major themes and engage with reviews of the book when it was first published.

Introduction Friends and Companions For a Dog? The Philosopher's Dog Sitting on Her Mat Gazing Out to Sea Gypsy is Old Now The Honour of Corpses The Realm of Meaning Stories, Philosophy and Science 'Poor Living Thing' Sacred Places Arrogance? Creatureliness Human Beings and Animals

ISBN: 9781138687943
ISBN-10: 1138687944
Series: Routledge Classics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 194
Published: 22nd September 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.84 x 12.85  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.22

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