What Philosophy Can Tell You about Your Cat

What Philosophy Can Tell You about Your Cat

by StevenD.Hales (Author)

Synopsis

Find out what our love of cats says about the human condition and the world around us. Eighteen philosophers investigate the majesty, the mystique, and the mystery of cats, uncovering surprising insights into the feline mind and the feline world, illustrated by many delightful anecdotes of cats they have known. The questions posed include: What ethical obligations do we have to cats? Are cats more rational than humans? How can we find out what the experience of life is really like for a cat? What ultimate purpose did cats have in adopting humans? What can cats teach us about evolutionary psychology? Beyond their nine mortal lives, do cats look forward to an afterlife? What can we say about the personality strengths and weaknesses of 'cat people' versus 'dog people?' Is the appreciation of cats like the appreciation of great works of art? And, from a cat's point of view, do humans qualify as persons?

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Publisher: Open Court
Published: 06 Nov 2008

ISBN 10: 0812696522
ISBN 13: 9780812696523

Author Bio
Steven D. Hales is professor of philosophy at Bloomsburg University. He is the editor of Beer and Philosophy and the author of Relativism and the Foundations of Philosophy.