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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (548 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Rowlands Narrator: Mark Meadows Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Mark Rowlands was 27 and a young professor of philosophy, he bought a wolf cub. It was the beginning of a relationship that would come to define Rowland's own life, and shape his thinking.

Beginning with Brenin's exuberant, destructive puppyhood, and ending with his death 11 years later, The Philosopher and the Wolf is the remarkable account of a friendship that transcended the species barrier, and a fascinating examination of joy, strength, and the essential nature of the human animal.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Timberwolf | 12/29/2013

    " Amazing. I don't think there are any words to discribe my feelings after reading this book. Even "amazing" doesn't really fit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Helen Fairfield | 9/1/2013

    " I loved this book, which the philosopher Mark Rowlands wrote after the death of his beloved wolf Brenin. He says that he wrote it in order not to forget the lessons Brenin taught him about living. On the surface it is an account of the life he shared with Brenin, but running throughout is a philosophical analysis of human behaviour and experience. Witty, measured, and intellectual without being dry or posturing, I am giving this book five stars as it is one that I think will always stay with me. It was really enjoyable but also enlightening and it made me look at the world with fresh eyes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Franz | 6/15/2013

    " Easily the best philosophy book I've read in a long time. Accessible to the general reader without compromising rigorous thinking. Partly a memoir of Rowlands' experience living with a wolf adopted as a cub in Alabama and then took with him to live in Ireland and France, Rowlands also reflects on what he learned from Brenin on, for example, the differences and similarities between wolves and primates like humans. A serious look at how a man can co-exist with a wolf that allows both to thrive. Rowlands shows the reader that, like the wolf, he is also an animal. Rowlands deftly weaves lessons learned from Brenin with their philosophical implications with regard to love, death, sex, morality, and the meaning of life. Representative quote: "Sitting in the long grass, watching Brenin stalking rabbits, taught me that it is important in life to make sure you chase rabbits and not feelings. What is best about our lives -- the moments when we are, as we would put it, at our happiest -- is both pleasant and deeply unpleasant. Happiness is not a feeling; it is a way of being. If we focus on the feelings, we miss the point." I learned much from Rowlands' philosophical ruminations, and what I admire so much in this book is Rowlands' refusal to judge himself as superior to Brenin. Rowlands and Brenin were different kinds of animals with different sets of expertise tailored to the kinds of life their species evolved to live, and this made them a kind of equals. Rowlands sometimes erred and either he or Brenin paid the price. But Brenin only error was to fail to conform to human expectations, the kinds that might have led a less understanding companion to end the relationship but that Rowlands mercifully overlooked. Very highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alan | 5/18/2013

    " I liked the beginning of this book when he talks about his life with the wolf, and I liked his comparisons of wolf morality and ape morality. But after about page 70, he kinda goes wanky and self indulgent with his "philosophy" and I had to put the book down. "

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