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The Philosopher and the Wolf by Mark Rowlands
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Apr 26, 09

Read in April, 2009

** spoiler alert ** This book is a great introduction to animal rights and philosophy for the new non-fiction addict. Rowlands has a wonderful style of writing, probably more suited to fiction than philosophy. As a recently converted vegetarian and humanist, this book was very well received.

My only critique is that he attempted to describe his version of the meaning of life. I think such all-encompassing answers are pursuits destined for flaw or failure. If he restricted it to the lesson that he learned from his wolf-brother, it would have been less unsettling. His answer is profound, and many will have to work hard to resist being changed by it.

I would recommend this book to others if they are:
-disillusioned by humanity (putative misanthropes)
-struggling to rationalise their eating habits
-interested in the evolution of human intelligence and morality (as a starting point)
-pondering with the idea of keeping a wolf as a pet
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