THE PHILOSOPHER’S DOG
Friendships with Animals

RAIMOND GAITA
222pp 2016 LIST PRICE: £15.99 (P) P721

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Gaita tells poignant, sometimes funny but never sentimental stories of the dogs, cats and cockatoos that lived and died within his family. He asks: Is it wrong to attribute the concepts of love, devotion, loyalty, grief or friendship to them? Why do we care so much for some creatures but not for others? Why are we so concerned with proving that animals have minds. Reflecting on these questions, and drawing on the ideas of Descartes and Wittgenstein, he pleads that we ask ourselves what it means to be creatures of ‘flesh and blood’. He discusses mortality and sexuality and the relations between storytelling, philosophy and science.