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ISBN 978-0-8126-9653-0


288 pages

(Fall 08)

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What Philosophy Can Tell You about™ Your Dog

Edited by Steven D. Hales
  • Do dogs live in the same world that we do?
  • What's your dog thinking about?
  • Are dogs extensions of the human mind?
  • If dogs are our best friends, why do we assume we can have them neutered?
  • Do dogs use logic?

These are some of the puzzles posed by thousands of years of collaboration between canines and humans. What Philosophy Can Tell You about Your Dog was written by reflective humans who are also dedicated dog lovers. They sniff out for you the mysteries of the dog mind, the dog worldview, and our part in the epic of dog evolution.

“This wonderful book is a thought-provoking and deeply compelling exploration of one of our most important relationships—that with animals.”

— Diane Leigh and Marilee Geyer, authors of One at a Time: A Week in an American Animal Shelter

“This book gives you some provocative, unusual, dog-friendly ideas, disguised as philosophy. One or two stories will break your heart and others will make you ponder matters you might have missed in college.”

— Jeffrey Masson, best-selling author of Dogs Never Lie about Love and Dogs Have the Strangest Friends

“Philosophy goes to the dogs! In these insightful, humorous, and deeply moving chapters by philosophers of various breeds, we learn that we need dogs to become human.”

— Dr. Michael W. Fox, author of Dog Body, Dog Mind and The Healing Touch for Dogs: The Proven Massage Program

Steven D. Hales is Professor of Philosophy at Bloomsburg University, author of Relativism and the Foundations of Philosophy (2006), and co-author of Nietzsche’s Perspectivism (2000). He has edited or co-edited several collections, including Beer and Philosophy (2007) and Delight in Thinking (2006).

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