How to Teach Philosophy to Your Dog

How to Teach Philosophy to Your Dog

by Anthony McGowan


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Because man’s best friend deserves to know the secrets of how to live a good life, too.

Monty was just like any other dog. A scruffy and irascible Maltese terrier, he enjoyed barking at pugs and sniffing at trees. But after yet another dramatic confrontation with the local Rottweiler, Anthony McGowan realizes it’s high time he and Monty had a chat about what makes him a good or a bad dog.

Taking his lead from Monty’s canine antics, McGowan takes us on a hilarious and enlightening jaunt through the major debates of philosophy. Will Kant convince Monty to stop stealing cheesecake? How long will they put up with Socrates poking holes in every argument?

In this uniquely entertaining take on morality and ethics, the dutiful duo set out to uncover who—if anyone—has the right end of the ethical stick and can tell us how best to live one’s life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643133119
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,229,032
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Anthony McGowan has a BA, MPhil, and PhD in philosophy, and has lectured widely on philosophy and creative writing. He is one of the funniest writers around. As an author for children and young adults he’s won many awards, while The Art of Failing, a hilarious account of his life as a writer, was named an Observer Book of the Year. He lives in North London with his wife and two children.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Prodogue 1

Walk 1 Good Dog, Bad Dog 13

Walk 2 Plato, Aristotle and the Good Life 37

Walk 3 Dare to Know: Kant and the Utilitarians 61

Walk 4 Other Minds and Free Will 92

Walk 5 A Very Short Logical Walk 126

Walk 6 Metaphysics 101: The White Stuff in Bird Poo 130

Walk 7 Filling Out the Forms and the Problem of Universals 148

Walk 8 What Do I Know? 175

Walk 9 Empiricism: Sensing is Believing 211

Walk 10 Kant and Fuzzy Logic 229

Walk 11 Ants, Spiders and the Philosophy of Science 255

The Last Walk Schopenhauer's Bubble and the Meaning of Life 286

OK, That Wasn't Really the Last Walk, This Is 299

Further Reading 301

Acknowledgements 309

Index 311

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