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A Short Philosophy of Birds by Philippe J. Dubois, Elise Rousseau

A Short Philosophy of Birds

Philippe J. Dubois, Elise Rousseau

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Category: Non-fiction, Philosophy
Imprint: W H Allen
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publication date: 5 Nov 2019
ISBN: 9780753554142

The greatest wisdom comes from the smallest creatures There is so much we can learn from birds. Having spent a lifetime watching birds, Philippe and Elise - a French ornithologist and a philosopher - draw out the secret lessons that birds can teach us about how to live, and the wisdom of the natural world.

4 stars out of 5
Ysenda Maxtone Graham
27 Feb 2020

"(a) quirky little book"

Birds also have regional ‘accents’; their song varies according to their home: ‘A Marseille chaffinch sounds different from a Calais chaffinch’. And like cliquey humans, birds reject intruders with a different accent. The authors give us a little telling off. The main philosophical message is ‘live in the moment’, as birds do. If we’re grieving, we shouldn’t feel we have to go out into the world: it’s fine to put on our ‘eclipse plumage’ and hide away for a few weeks. But if we’re happy, then live life to the full.