Feline Philosophy

Feline Philosophy Cats and the Meaning of Life

Hardback (29 Oct 2020) | English

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'When I play with my cat, how do I know she is not passing time with me rather than I with her?' Montaigne

There is no real evidence that humans ever 'domesticated' cats. Rather, it seems that at some point cats saw the potential value to themselves of humans. John Gray's wonderful new book is an attempt to get to grips with the philosophical and moral issues around the uniquely strange relationship between ourselves and these remarkable animals.

Feline Philosophy draws on centuries of philosophy, from Montaigne to Schopenhauer, to explore the complex and intimate links that have defined how we react to and behave with this most unlikely 'pet'.

At the heart of the book is a sense of gratitude towards cats as perhaps the species that more than any other - in the essential loneliness of our position in the world - gives us a sense of our own animal nature.

About the Publisher

Allen Lane

Allen Lane

In 1967 Penguin's founder started an eponymous hardback imprint under the name of Allen Lane. This now has a dynamic, growing list and publishes accessible and quality non-fiction books of lasting value.

Book information

ISBN: 9780241351147
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Allen Lane
Pub date:
DEWEY: 636.8001
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 17995
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 255g
Height: 222mm
Width: 144mm
Spine width: 17mm