The Philosopher and the Wolf

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The Philosopher and the Wolf

The Philosopher and the Wolf

Lessons from the Wild on Love, Death, and Happiness

  • Author: Mark Rowlands
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781605981338
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 246
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A young philosophy professor describes his adoption of a wolf cub named Brenin who came to impact every facet of the author's life and prompted his reevaluation of his attitudes toward relationships, nature, and emotions.

Running with the Pack

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Running with the Pack

Running with the Pack

Thoughts From the Road on Meaning and Mortality

  • Author: Mark Rowlands
  • Publisher: Granta Books
  • ISBN: 1847085563
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: N.A
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'Most of the serious thinking I have done over the past twenty years has been done while running.' Mark Rowlands has run for most of his life. He has also been a professional philosopher. And for him the two - running and philosophising - are inextricably connected. In Running with the Pack he tells us about the most significant runs of his life: from the entire day he spent running as a boy in Wales, to the runs along French beaches and up Irish mountains with his beloved wolf Brenin, and through Florida swamps more recently with his dog Nina. Woven throughout the book are profound meditations on mortality, middle age and the meaning of life. This is a highly original and moving book that will make the philosophically inclined want to run, and those who love running become intoxicated by philosophical ideas.

Animals Like Us

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Animals Like Us

Animals Like Us

  • Author: Mark Rowlands
  • Publisher: Verso
  • ISBN: 9781859843864
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 222
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The US Food and Drug Administration has expressed fears that as many as 500 or 600 toxic chemicals may be present in the country's meat supply.

The Philosopher at the End of the Universe

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The Philosopher at the End of the Universe

The Philosopher at the End of the Universe

Philosophy Explained Through Science Fiction Films

  • Author: Mark Rowlands
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9780312322342
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 278
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An introduction to the basic concepts of philosophy as reflected in today's popular movies provides humorous observations on and insights into such films as The Matrix, Star Wars, and Terminator. 10,000 first printing.

The Prince and the Wolf: Latour and Harman at the LSE

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The Prince and the Wolf: Latour and Harman at the LSE

The Prince and the Wolf: Latour and Harman at the LSE

The Latour and Harman at the LSE

  • Author: Bruno Latour,Graham Harman,Peter Erdelyi
  • Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
  • ISBN: 1780990030
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 153
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The Prince and the Wolf contains the transcript of a debate which took place on 5th February 2008 at the London School of Economics (LSE) between the prominent French sociologist, anthropologist, and philosopher Bruno Latour and the Cairo-based American philosopher Graham Harman.

The Body in Mind

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The Body in Mind

The Body in Mind

Understanding Cognitive Processes

  • Author: Mark Rowlands
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521652742
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 270
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This book offers a radical externalist or environmentalist model of cognitive processes.

The New Science of the Mind

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The New Science of the Mind

The New Science of the Mind

From Extended Mind to Embodied Phenomenology

  • Author: Mark J. Rowlands
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • ISBN: 026228894X
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 264
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An investigation into the conceptual foundations of a new way of thinking about the mind that does not locate all cognition "in the head." There is a new way of thinking about the mind that does not locate mental processes exclusively "in the head." Some think that this expanded conception of the mind will be the basis of a new science of the mind. In this book, leading philosopher Mark Rowlands investigates the conceptual foundations of this new science of the mind. The new way of thinking about the mind emphasizes the ways in which mental processes are embodied (made up partly of extraneural bodily structures and processes), embedded (designed to function in tandem with the environment), enacted (constituted in part by action), and extended (located in the environment). The new way of thinking about the mind, Rowlands writes, is actually an old way of thinking that has taken on new form. Rowlands describes a conception of mind that had its clearest expression in phenomenology—in the work of Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, and Merleau-Ponty. He builds on these views, clarifies and renders consistent the ideas of embodied, embedded, enacted, and extended mind, and develops a unified philosophical treatment of the novel conception of the mind that underlies the new science of the mind.

Philosophy at 3:AM

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Philosophy at 3:AM

Philosophy at 3:AM

Questions and Answers with 25 Top Philosophers

  • Author: Richard Marshall
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 019996954X
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 368
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The appeal of philosophy has always been its willingness to speak to those pressing questions that haunt us as we make our way through life. What is truth? Could we think without language? Is materialism everything? But in recent years, philosophy has been largely absent from mainstream cultural commentary. Many have come to believe that the field is excessively technical and inward-looking and that it has little to offer outsiders. The 25 interviews collected in this volume, all taken from a series of online interviews with leading philosophers published by the cultural magazine 3ammagazine.com, were carried out with the aim of confronting widespread ignorance about contemporary philosophy. Interviewer Richard Marshall's informed and enthusiastic questions help his subjects explain the meaning of their work in a way that is accessible to non-specialists. Contemporary philosophical issues are presented through engaging but serious dialogues that, taken together, offer a glimpse into key debates across the discipline. Alongside metaphysics, philosophy of mind, epistemology, logic, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, political philosophy and ethics, discussed here are feminist philosophy, continental philosophy, pragmatism, philosophy of religion, experimental philosophy, bioethics, animal rights, and legal philosophy. Connections between philosophy and fields such as psychology, cognitive science, and theology are likewise examined. Marshall interviews philosophers both established and up-and coming. Engaging, thoughtful and thought-provoking, inviting anyone with a hunger for philosophical questions and answers to join in, Philosophy at 3:AM shows that contemporary philosophy can be relevant -- and even fun.

Can Animals Be Moral?

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Can Animals Be Moral?

Can Animals Be Moral?

  • Author: Mark Rowlands
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199986711
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 272
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From eye-witness accounts of elephants apparently mourning the death of family members to an experiment that showed that hungry rhesus monkeys would not take food if doing so gave another monkey an electric shock, there is much evidence of animals displaying what seem to be moral feelings. But despite such suggestive evidence, philosophers steadfastly deny that animals can act morally, and for reasons that virtually everyone has found convincing. In Can Animals be Moral?, philosopher Mark Rowlands examines the reasoning of philosophers and scientists on this question--ranging from Aristotle and Kant to Hume and Darwin--and reveals that their arguments fall far short of compelling. The basic argument against moral behavior in animals is that humans have capabilities that animals lack. We can reflect on our motivations, formulate abstract principles that allow that allow us to judge right from wrong. For an actor to be moral, he or she must be able scrutinize their motivations and actions. No animal can do these things--no animal is moral. Rowland naturally agrees that humans possess a moral consciousness that no animal can rival, but he argues that it is not necessary for an individual to have the ability to reflect on his or her motives to be moral. Animals can't do all that we can do, but they can act on the basis of some moral reasons--basic moral reasons involving concern for others. And when they do this, they are doing just what we do when we act on the basis of these reasons: They are acting morally.

Memory and the Self

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Memory and the Self

Memory and the Self

Phenomenology, Science and Autobiography

  • Author: Mark Rowlands
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0190241462
  • Category:
  • Page: 224
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The idea that our memories, in some sense, make us who we are, is a common one-and not at all implausible. After all, what could make us who we are if not the things we have experienced, thought, felt and desired on these idiosyncratic pathways through space and time that we call lives? And how can we retain these experiences, thoughts, feelings and desires if not through memory? On the other hand, most of what we have experienced has been forgotten. And there is now a considerable body of evidence that suggests that, even when we think we remember, our memories are likely to be distorted, sometimes beyond recognition. Imagine writing your autobiography, only to find that that most of it has been redacted, and much of the rest substantially rewritten. What would hold this book together? What would make it the unified and coherent account of a life? The answer, Mark Rowlands argues, lies, partially hidden, in a largely unrecognized form of memory-Rilkean memory. A Rilkean memory is produced when the content of a memory is lost but the act of remembering endures, in a new, mutated, form: a mood, a feeling, or a behavioral disposition. Rilkean memories play a significant role in holding the self together in the face of the poverty and inaccuracy of the contents of memory. But Rilkean memories are important not just because of what they are, but also because of what they were before they became such memories. Acts of remembering sculpt the contents of memories out of the slabs of remembered episodes. Our acts of remembering ensure that we are in the content of each of our memories-present in the way a sculptor is present in his creation-even when this content is lamentably sparse and endemically inaccurate.