Mark Rowlands

Mark Rowlands (born 1962) is a Welsh writer and philosopher. He is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami, and the author of several books on the philosophy of mind, the moral status of non-human animals, and cultural criticism. He is known within academic philosophy for his work on the animal mind and is one of the principal architects of the view known as vehicle externalism, or the extended mind, the view that thoughts, memories, desires and beliefs can be stored outside the brain and the skull. His works include Animal Rights (1998), The Body in Mind (1999), The Nature of Consciousness (2001), Animals Like Us (2002), and a personal memoir, The Philosopher and the Wolf (2008).[1]

Mark Rowlands
Newport, Wales
EducationBA (philosophy)
University of Manchester
DPhil (philosophy)
University of Oxford
Known forThe Philosopher and the Wolf (2008), Running with the Pack (2013), Everything I learned from TV
Scientific career
FieldsPhilosophy of mind, Moral philosophy
InstitutionsUniversity of Miami
ThesisAnomalism, supervenience, and explanation in cognitive psychology (1989)

Rowlands was born in Newport, Wales and began his undergraduate degree in engineering at the University of Manchester before changing to philosophy. He took his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Oxford,[2] and has held various academic positions in philosophy in Britain, Ireland and the United States.[3]

His best known work is his international best-selling memoir, The Philosopher and the Wolf, about the decade he spent living and travelling with a wolf. As Jonathan Derbyshire wrote in his Guardian review, "it is perhaps best described as the autobiography of an idea, or rather a set of related ideas, about the relationship between human and non-human animals."[4] Julian Baggini wrote in the Financial Times that it was "a remarkable portrait of the bond that can exist between a human being and a beast."[5] Mark Vernon writing in The Times Literary Supplement added that it "could become a philosophical cult classic."[6]


  • Supervenience and Materialism, Ashgate, 1995.
  • Animal Rights: A Philosophical Defence, Macmillan/St Martin's Press, 1998. ISBN 978-0-333-71131-6
  • The Body in Mind: Understanding Cognitive Processes, Cambridge University Press, 1999. ISBN 978-0-521-04979-5
  • The Environmental Crisis: Understanding the Value of Nature, Macmillan/St Martin's Press, 2000.
  • The Nature of Consciousness, Cambridge University Press, 2001. ISBN 978-0-521-03947-5
  • Animals Like Us, Verso, 2002. ISBN 978-1-85984-386-4
  • Externalism: Putting Mind and World Back Together Again, Acumen/McGill-Queen's University Press, 2003. ISBN 978-1-902683-78-2
  • The Philosopher at the End of the Universe, Ebury/Random House, 2003 ISBN 978-0-09-190388-6; retitled Sci-Phi: Philosophy from Socrates to Schwarzenegger, 2nd edition ISBN 978-0-312-32236-6
  • Everything I Know I Learned From TV: Philosophy for the Unrepentant Couch Potato, Ebury/Random House, 2005 ISBN 978-0-09-189835-9
  • Body Language: Representing in Action, MIT Press, 2006.
  • Fame, Acumen 2008. ISBN 978-1-84465-157-3
  • The Philosopher and the Wolf, Granta, 2008. ISBN 978-1-84708-059-2
  • The New Science of the Mind, MIT Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-262-01455-7
  • Can Animals be Moral? Oxford University Press, 2012 ISBN 978-0-19-984200-1
  • Running with the Pack, Granta, 2013 ISBN 978-1847082022

See also


  1. "Faculty", Department of Philosophy, University of Miami. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  2. Rowlands, Mark (1989). Anomalism, supervenience, and explanation in cognitive psychology. Oxford Research Archive (Thesis). University of Oxford.
  3. "Mark Rowlands" Archived 3 February 2019 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  4. Derbyshire, Jonathan. 'Wild about the wolf', The Guardian, 29 November 2008
  5. Baggini, Julian. 'Stances with wolves', The Financial Times, 22 November 2008
  6. Vernon, Mark. 'Mark Rowlands and his wild lessons in externalism', The Times Literary Supplement, 31 December 2008

Further reading

  • "Mark Rowlands interview: The company of wolves", The Scotsman, 20 November 2008.
  • Fiske-Harrison, Alexander. 'On philosophers and wolves', Prospect, 22 January 2009
  • Hafner, Michael. "The Philosopher, the Wolf, the Dog and the Fleas", The Mashazine, 10 November 2009.
  • Gray, John. 'The Nature Of The Beast', Literary Review, 12 December 2008
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