Gaita's most personal work to date marries philosophy with story-telling, a love for animals with a love for fellow humans. Gaita draws on the work of writers and philosophers to offer us a new way of thinking about our fellow creatures.
In this lyrical and 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. The Philosopher's Dog is above all a book about our creatureliness and its place in the understanding of our humanity.
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'The Philosopher's Dog is an outstanding exercise in seeing things clearly.' - Jonathan Ree, The Independent
'Gaita's charming book remains genuinely illuminating. - Stephen Law, The Guardian
'In everything that Raimond Gaita writes we sense a generous heart at work, as well as a lucid intelligence. The Philosopher's Dog is a book to give to the kind of person who asks what philosophy is for.' - J. M. Coetzee
'Fascinating ... A thoughtful meditation on the relationship between humans and animals that crosses the boundary between the the philosophical and the personal and blends very well the anecdotal with the theoretical.' - The Sunday Tribune
' ... very well written, charming, reflective and provocative.' - Journal of Moral Philosophy
About Raimond Gaita
Raimond Gaita is Professor of Moral Philosophy at Kings College London and Professor of Philosophy at Australian Catholic University. His books include the award-winning biography of his father, Romulus, My Father, A Common Humanity and Good and Evil.
Table of Contents
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', Arrogance? Creatureliness, Human Beings and Animals
The Philosopher's Dog by Raimond Gaita
Used - Very Good
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Short-listed for NSW Premier's Literary Award Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction 2003 Short-listed for Age Book of the Year: Non-fiction 2003
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