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The Philosopher and the Wolf Lessons from the Wild on Love, Death, and Happiness (Paperback)

Author:  Mark Rowlands
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1605981338
ISBN-13: 9781605981338
Sku: 215186603
Publish Date: 12/15/2010
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.75L x 0.75T
Pages:  246
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The charming and poignant story of the relationship between a philosophy professor and his pet wolf.
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Mark Rowlands was a young philosophy professor, rootless andsearching for life’s greater meaning. Shortly after arriving at theUniversity of Alabama, he noticed a classified ad in the localpaper advertising wolf cubs for sale, and decided he had to investigate, if only out of curiosity. It was love at first sight, and thebond that grew between philosopher and wolf reaffirms for us theincredible relationships that exist between man and animal.

When Mark welcomed his new companion, Brenin, into hishome, but more than just an exotic pet, Brenin exerted an immense influence on Rowlands both as a person, and, strangelyenough, as a philosopher, leading him to reevaluate his attitudetoward love, happiness, nature, death, and the true meaning ofcompanionship.
Ever since John Grogan's MARLEY AND ME exploded onto bestseller lists in 2005, a host of humans have followed up with books about their lives with an increasingly bizarre range of animals, including cats, pigs, parrots, owls, monkeys, coyotes, lions, and now, a wolf. What separates' Mark Rowlands's account of his existence as an exotic animal owner is that he foregoes the cute factor in favor of philosophy. As Rowlands recounts some of the memorable experiences he shared with his wolf, Brenin, he muses on how human intelligence alienates us from the natural world and creates a false sense of security. According to Rowlands, people inherently view the other inhabitants of the world, including one another, as means to achieve our own selfish ends, and we also tend to rely too much on emotion to guide our responses to our perceptions. In these regards, and many others that Rowlands outlines, people have a lot to learn from the wild kingdom, particularly "Canis lupis," the wolf.


"...Rowland's memoir is life-affirming, engrossing, thoughtful and moving....[It] could become a philosophical cult classic." - Mark Vernon 01/02/2009

"Discussing what humans can learn from wolves, Rowlands elevates the run-of-the-mill memoir about life with an exotic pet into something more, a treatise on the meaning of true companionship." - Nancy Bent 03/01/2009

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