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Feline Philosophy: Cats and the Meaning of Life (Paperback)
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Feline Philosophy: Cats and the Meaning of Life (Paperback)

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'Why can't a human be more like a cat? That is the question threaded through this vivid patchwork of philosophy, fiction, history and memoir ... a wonderful mixture of flippancy and profundity, astringency and tenderness, wit and lament' Jane O'Grady, Daily Telegraph

'When I play with my cat, how do I know she is not passing time with me rather than I with her?' Montaigne

There is no real evidence that humans ever 'domesticated' cats. Rather, it seems that at some point cats saw the potential value to themselves of humans. John Gray's wonderful new book is an attempt to get to grips with the philosophical and moral issues around the uniquely strange relationship between ourselves and these remarkable animals.

Feline Philosophy draws on centuries of philosophy, from Montaigne to Schopenhauer, to explore the complex and intimate links that have defined how we react to and behave with this most unlikely 'pet'.

At the heart of the book is a sense of gratitude towards cats as perhaps the species that more than any other - in the essential loneliness of our position in the world - gives us a sense of our own animal nature.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141988429
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 100 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 7 mm


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The intellectual cat's pyjamas ... Gray's is the perfect book for the estranging oddness of the pandemic. -- Tim Adams * The Observer *
Why can't a human be more like a cat? That is the question threaded through this vivid patchwork of philosophy, fiction, history and memoir ... Feline Philosophy is a wonderful mixture of flippancy and profundity, astringency and tenderness, wit and lament. -- Jane O'Grady * Daily Telegraph *
Engaging, amusing, perceptive and untimely, in the most admirable Nietzschean sense. -- Mark Rowlands * New Statesman *
An elegant philosophical study of the good life ... one of the most important thinkers alive ... It's a mark of the book's subtlety that you're not quite sure how seriously to take him. -- James Marriott * The Times *
A scratching, spitting, and finally purring tour de force. -- Will Self

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“Paws for thought”

A long-running theme of John Gray's work has been the flawed nature of humanity and the way we doom ourselves to failure by searching for perfection. In this nimble and playful examination of the relationship... More

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“My cats seemed impressed”

Of course, cats don't have philosophy (at least, not as we know it) so this book is really about human philosophy and what we can learn from cats. There are some disturbing mentions of torture and cruelty to... More

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“Lessons for Us All Here...”

I’ve not read any of his work before, but this is a helpfully-short treatise that combines some interesting cat (his)stories and brief summaries of relevant schools of philosophical thought, such as Taoism. Mostly,... More

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