How to Teach Philosophy to Your Dog: A Quirky Introduction to the Big Questions in Philosophy (Hardback)Anthony McGowan (author)
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A remarkable trawl through the defining questions of Western philosophy framed as a behaviour manual for the author’s rambunctious pooch, How to Teach Philosophy to Your Dog is a brilliantly entertaining way in to ethics and metaphysics for the casual reader.
Monty was just like any other dog. A scruffy and irascible Maltese terrier, he enjoyed barking at pugs and sniffing at trees. But after yet another dramatic confrontation with the local Rottweiler, Anthony McGowan realises it's high time he and Monty had a chat about what makes him a good or a bad dog.
And they don't stop at ethics. Taking his cue from Monty's canine antics, McGowan leads us on an enlightening jaunt through the world of philosophy.
Will Kant convince Monty to stop stealing cheesecake? How long will they put up with Socrates poking holes in every argument? Do they have free will to pursue answers to these questions? Join the dutiful duo as they set out to uncover who - if anyone - has the right end of the ethical stick and can tell us how best to live one's life.
But there is also a shadow over their conversations. Monty is not well... And so towards the end the biggest questions raise their heads: is there a God? Does life have a meaning? By the time of their last walk together, Monty - and the reader - will find that they have not just solved a few philosophical puzzles, but absorbed much of the history of Western philosophy.
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Number of pages: 336
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 29 mm
'An accessible, amusing guide to key philosophical questions...Perfect for novice philosophers.' - Idler
'This is the most entertaining and accessible introduction to philosophy I have read. I doubt there can ever have been more delightful exponents of Socratic dialogue than McGowan and Monty, his dog.' - Tom Holland
'There is no sharper, funnier, cleverer writer in Britain today.' - Robert Twigger