"It is only ideas gained from walking that have any worth."--Nietzsche
In A Philosophy of Walking, a bestseller in France, leading thinker
Frederic 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.
A Philosophy of Walking - Frederic Gros
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