How to Teach Philosophy to Your Dog

Pages: 336
Subject: Philosophy, Humour
Imprint: Oneworld

How to Teach Philosophy to Your Dog

A Quirky Introduction to the Big Questions in Philosophy

Anthony McGowan

Because man's best friend deserves to know the secrets of how to live a good life, too
9781786076748 (3 Oct 2019)
RRP £12.99

The Book

‘We're doing philosophy now, and that means following the argument wherever it leads, like that time you chased a rabbit and ended up with your head stuck in a hole.'

Monty was just like any other dog. A scruffy and irascible Maltese terrier, he enjoyed barking at pugs and sniffing at trees. But after yet another dramatic confrontation with the local Rottweiler, Anthony McGowan realises it's high time he and Monty had a chat about what makes him a good or a bad dog.

Taking his lead from Monty's canine antics, McGowan takes us on a hilarious and enlightening jaunt through the major debates of philosophy. Will Kant convince Monty to stop stealing cheesecake? How long will they put up with Socrates poking holes in every argument? In this uniquely entertaining take on morality and ethics, the dutiful duo set out to uncover who - if anyone - has the right end of the ethical stick and can tell us how best to live one's life.

Additional Information

Subject Philosophy, Humour
Pages 336
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Anthony McGowan has a BA, MPhil and PhD in philosophy, and has lectured widely on philosophy and creative writing. As an author for children and young adults he's won many awards, while The Art of Failing, a hilarious account of his life as a writer, was named an Observer Book of the Year. He lives in north London, with his wife, two children and a dog.


‘This is the most entertaining and accessible introduction to philosophy I have read. I doubt there can ever have been more delightful exponents of Socratic dialogue than McGowan and Monty, his dog.'

- Tom Holland

‘There is no sharper, funnier, cleverer writer in Britain today.'

- Robert Twigger, author of Micromastery

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