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DOGS A philosophical guide to our best friends MARK ALIZART Man’s best friend, domesticated since prehistoric times, a travelling companion for explorers and artists, thinkers and walkers, equally happy curled up by the fire and bounding through the great outdoors – dogs matter to us because we love them. But is that all there is to the canine’s good-natured voracity and affectionate dependency?
Dogs have faced their fate in life with a certain detachment that is not easy to understand. Unlike other animals in a similar situation, they have not become hardened, nor have they let themselves die a little inside. On the contrary, they seem to have softened. This book is devoted to understanding this miracle, the miracle of the joy of dogs – to understanding it and, if at all possible, to learning how it’s done. Alizart offers us a surprising new portrait of the dog as thinker—a thinker who may perhaps know the true secret of our humanity.
“This plea to restore to the dog ‘its ancient rights’ echoes intelligently the present-day sensibility for the animal cause.” L’Express
“A clever treatise of canine philosophy.” Le Monde
October 2019 HB 9781509537280 £12.99
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