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The Philosopher's Dog


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The Philospher's Dog is moving, sometimes funny and always thought provoking.

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Raimond Gaita was born in Germany in 1946. He is Emeritus Professor of moral philosophy at Kings College London and a Professorial fellow at the Melbourne Law School and the faculty of Arts of the University of Melbourne. His books have been published in many translations. They include: Good and Evil: An Absolute Conception, Romulus, My Father, A Common Humanity, The Philosopher's Dog and Essays on Muslims and Multiculturalism (as editor and contributor). A feature film of Romulus, My Father was released in 2007, and won the AFI award for Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Young Actor.


'In everything that Raimond Gaita writes we sense a generous heart at work, as well as a lucid intelligence. The Philosopher's Dog is a book to give to the kind of person who asks what philosophy is for.' -- J. M. Coetzee 'A fine, intelligent investigation of our relationship to animals and nature in which the analysis of ideas is seamlessly integrated with the poignant evocation of personal experience. Gaita's writing is deep without being difficult; sincere without being naive-rare and valuable achievements for a philosopher.' Age 'An original book by a profoundly original thinker.' Bulletin 'Patient and eminently sensible exploration of our relationship with animals.' Sydney Morning Herald 'The Philosopher's Dog, then, is a mongrel and, like most mongrels, is clever and energetic. Not straight philosophy, or straight forward storytelling (as Gaita did so well in his memoir Romulus, My Father), its an interesting amalgam.' Australian 'The Philosopher's Dog (Text) is thoughtful, touching and utterly admirable.' Big Issue 'Gaita shares with Wittgenstein the urge to de-mystify false (and often harmful) mystifications. That he does so with such beauty and profundity should surprise no-one who read Romulus, My Father. Gaita is fascinated-in the deepest sense of the word-by what it means to be alive, and the reader is drawn in to this fascination...As a work of philosophy this is groundbreaking and profound, as a work of personal memoir it is moving and thought provoking.' -- Readings '[An] enjoyable and rather beautiful book...The stories are often deeply touching, without being sentimental, and their atmospheres left me haunted for days afterwards...Gaita's charming book remains genuinely illuminating.' Guardian 'Despite the sensitivity of his narrative writing, when he's describing the pain of a sick animal, or the devotion of a dog to a lonely child, Gaita is foremost an unapologetic thinker...I was surprised how much I took from this book, not just from the lyricism of the literary content...There's a great deal in The Philosopher's Dog that is provocative and liberating.' Daily Telegraph 'Fascinating...A thoughtful meditation on the relationship between humans and animals that crosses the boundary between the philosophical and the personal and blends very well the anecdotal with the theoretical.' Sunday Tribune

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