A Philosophy of Walking


Fr̩d̩ric Gros charts the many different ways we get from A to B Рthe pilgrimage, the promenade, the protest march, the nature ramble Рand shows what it tells us about ourselves. He draws attention to other thinkers who also saw walking as a central part of their practice, and ponders over things like why Henry David Thoreau entered Walden Woods in pursuit of the wilderness, the reason Rimbaud walked in a fury while Nerval rambled to cure his melancholy.

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This “passionate affirmation of the simple life” explores how walking has influenced history’s greatest thinkers-from Henry David Thoreau and John Muir to Ghandi and Nietzsche (Observer)

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

In A Philosophy of Walking, a bestseller in France, leading thinker 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.

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Weight 0.227 kg
Dimensions 21.1 × 14 × 1.5 cm






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128.4 (edition:23)


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