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What ethical obligations do people have to cats? Are cats more rational than humans? What can cats teach humans about evolutionary psychology? In this fascinating collection of articles, 18 philosophers try to answer these questions and more as they explore the majesty, mystique, and mystery of the cat. They reveal surprising insights into the feline mind and world and ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Open Court
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Stephie Williams
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is similar to those in the Philosophy and Popular Culture series, but is not itself a book in that series. It is an anthology centered around a single theme. In this case it is cats. It has four sections. They cover five areas of philosophical interests friendship, beauty and ethics, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics.

The following are some comments I have made on pieces of text that I made notes on. Page numbers are in brackets [] from the Open Court paperback edition of 2008. Page
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Al Maki
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
It demonstrated to me that philosophy can't tell me anything, it just asks me questions that don't seem to have answers. The book would have been better titled "What Philosophy Can Ask You About Your Cat." Did I learn anything? Not about cats. It reminds me of reading "What is it like to be a bat?" which didn't seem to me to answer the question.
Sarah
Nov 17, 2008 is currently reading it
I bought this book because my friend Bertha wrote an article in it and because I love cats and philosophy. So far, it is entertaining but some of the articles are not extremely scholarly. I haven't read Bertha's article yet, but I am sure hers will be a scholarly article. (I just read one article talking about horse/cat/dog people without discussing philosophy much. It was weird.)
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I am open to it, but knowing cats...
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