Mark Rowlands

Mark Rowlands is professor of philosophy at the University of Miami. His latest book is Running with the Pack (Granta).

Written by Mark Rowlands

Religious protesters oppose the Obama administration’s federal mandate requiring all private health care plans to cover contraception and sterilisation, Washington, DC on March 23, 2012. Photo by Olivier Douliery

Essay/
Ethics
A right to believe?

You are entitled to believe what you will, but your beliefs must be subject to criticism and scrutiny just like mine

Mark Rowlands

Lost in the game: in its pure form, play has no external purpose or reward. Photo by Tim Wimbourne/Reuters

Essay/
Ethics
Tennis with Plato

In play an adult can become like a child, fully absorbed in the here-and-now. Play, not work, brings us fully to life

Mark Rowlands

Lion cubs in the Maasai Mara. Photo by Paul Souders/Corbis

Essay/
Biology
The kindness of beasts

Dogs rescue their friends and elephants care for injured kin – humans have no monopoly on moral behaviour

Mark Rowlands