Format Hardcover
Publication Date 11/06/13
ISBN 9781605984773
Trim Size / Pages 9.3 x 6.4 in / 240

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Running with the Pack

Thoughts from the Road on Meaning and Mortality

Mark Rowlands

Mark Rowlands explores the intimate relationship between running and philosophy in this brilliant and inspiring follow-up to The Philosopher and the Wolf

“Most of the serious thinking I have done over the past twenty years has been done while running,” says philosophy professor Mark Rowlands, who has run for most of his life. And for him, running and philosophizing, are inextricably connected. In Running with the Pack, he reveals 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 with his husky-mix, Nina. Intertwined with this honest, passionate and witty memoir are the fascinating meditations that those runs triggered, from mortality, midlife, and the meaning of life. A highly original and moving book that will make the philosophically inclined want to run, and those who love running become intoxicated by the beauty of philosophy.

Mark Rowlands is the author of The Philosopher and the Wolf, which was translated into fifteen languages. He is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Rowlands meditates on how running has brought him “in contact with the intrinsic value of life.” In the end, he concludes that, for him, running is not pleasurable in the usual sense but an experience valuable in itself—a “way of being rather than a way of feeling.” A delightful re-creation of a memorable experience with special appeal for runners, pet lovers and the philosophically inclined.” Kirkus Reviews
“Life-affirming. Gets straight to the heart of why running has such an important place in our lives. Perfectly captures the essence of what happens when we lace up a pair of sneakers and close the door behind us. Outstanding.” Robin Harvie, author of The Lure of Long Distances
“One of the most intense reading experiences of my life. It is a profound and beautiful book.” Jeffrey Masson, author of When Elephants Weep
“Delightful and eye-opening.” Connie Ogle Miami Herald
“This year's most original and instructive work of popular philosophy. Rowlands is a rare contemporary philosopher who is able to learn from everything he experiences in life.” Financial Times
“A snarly misanthrope, Rowlands recovered his own humanity by loving a noble beast and (with a little help from Aristotle, Descartes, and Jack Daniel's) learning to howl at the moon.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“Rarely has a single animal inspired such deep reflections on morality, mortality,and misanthropy.” Frans de Wall, author of Our Inner Ape