By Frederic Gros, Clifford Harper, John Howe
"It is just principles won from jogging that have any worth."—Nietzsche
In A Philosophy of strolling, a bestseller in France, best philosopher Frédéric Gros charts the numerous assorted ways we get from A to B — the pilgrimage, the prom, the protest march, the nature ramble — and divulges what they say approximately us.
Gros attracts consciousness to other thinkers who additionally observed strolling as something valuable to their practice. On his travels he ponders Thoreau’s eager seclusion in Walden Woods; the reason Rimbaud walked in a fury, whereas Nerval rambled to healing his depression. He shows us how Rousseau walked in order to imagine, whereas Nietzsche wandered the mountainside to write down. In contrast, Kant marched via his hometown every day, precisely on the similar hour, to escape the compulsion of thought. Brilliant and erudite, A Philosophy of Walking is an wonderful and insightful manifesto for placing one foot in entrance of the opposite.
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You make it from your place to the tube station in all weathers, with a hurried body, a mind still half-occupied with domestic details but already projected towards work obligations, legs galloping while the hand nervously checks the pockets to ensure nothing has been forgotten. Outside hardly exists: it is like a big separating corridor, a tunnel, an immense airlock. It’s true that you can go out sometimes just to ‘get some air’; some relief from the weighty immobility of objects and walls. Because you feel stifled indoors, you take a breather while the sun is shining out there; it just seems unfair to deny yourself the exposure to light.
Rimbaud agreed and prepared a caravan. To reach Harar he had to travel some 300 kilometres through jungle, stony deserts and finally forests and mountains, with steep passes. Rimbaud was sometimes mounted but usually had to walk. The caravan advanced slowly. The journey took two weeks. The boss of the new agency traded, became acclimatized, got bored, became distracted, and organized expeditions. A year in Harar, then back to Aden; then Harar again, and Aden once more. Back and forth on the same gruelling route.
A Philosophy of Walking by Frederic Gros, Clifford Harper, John Howe