A Philosophy of Walking A Philosophy of Walking

A Philosophy of Walking

Frédéric Gros and Others
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Publisher Description

This philosophical ode to finding joy in simple things explores how walking has influenced history’s greatest thinkers—from Henry David Thoreau and John Muir to Gandhi and Nietzsche.

“It is only ideas gained from walking that have any worth.” —Nietzsche

In this French bestseller, leading thinker and philosopher Frédéric Gros charts the many different ways we get from A to B—the pilgrimage, the promenade, the protest march, the nature ramble—and reveals what they say about us.

Gros draws attention to other thinkers who also saw walking as something central to their practice. On his travels he ponders Thoreau’s eager seclusion in Walden Woods; the reason Rimbaud walked in a fury, while Nerval rambled to cure his melancholy. He shows us how Rousseau walked in order to think, while Nietzsche wandered the mountainside to write. In contrast, Kant marched through his hometown every day, exactly at the same hour, to escape the compulsion of thought. Brilliant and erudite, A Philosophy of Walking is an entertaining and insightful manifesto for putting one foot in front of the other.

GENRE
Nonfiction
RELEASED
2014
April 8
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
240
Pages
PUBLISHER
Verso Books
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
5.8
MB

Customer Reviews

Jgord97 ,

Changes the way we look at this mundane task

Too often nowadays we see walking as something that gets in the way; it is the brief interlude between getting out of your car and arriving at the destination. This common thread between all the great writers of our time is beautifully examined.

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