The Philosopher and the Wolf by Mark Rowlands
Greg Linster is left howling at Mark Rowlands’ memoir of his pet wolf.
Humans often wonder how other animals think or feel. I often wonder: do non-human animals wonder how humans feel? For Mark Rowlands, a philosophy professor and author of The Philosopher and the Wolf, the answer to this question is “No.”
The Philosopher and the Wolf is a philosophical memoir about a man’s life and what he learned about it by living with a wolf for over a decade. Ultimately, however, the book is a philosophical reflection on the human condition. As such, its main purpose, I think, is to examine how what we call ‘social intelligence’ affects how we think about and engage with the world.