Running with the Pack: Thoughts from the Road on Meaning and Mortality

Running with the Pack: Thoughts from the Road on Meaning and Mortality

by Mark Rowlands


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605984773
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 11/06/2013
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Mark Rowlands is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami and the author of The Philosopher and the Wolf. His books have been translated into fifteen languages.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Running and Remembering ix

1 The Starting Line 1

2 The Stone Mountain 32

3 Born to Run 56

4 American Dreams 79

5 The Serpent of Eden 102

6 The Digue 133

7 The Borderlands of Freedom 154

8 Gods, Philosophers, Athletes 180

Acknowledgements 205

Index 207

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