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A Philosophy of Walking
Author: Frederic Gros

ISBN: 9781781688373
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1 April 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0 x 2.3
Description:
How walking has influenced some of the greatest thinkers in history

In A Philosophy of Walking, Frederic Gros charts the many different ways we get from A to B--he proposed that this most mundane of daily chores is also one of the most profound. As he looks at the many ways we put one foot in front of the other, Gros draws attention to other thinkers who also saw walking as something central to their practice, including Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, Gandhi, Rousseau, Nietzsche, Kant and Schopenhauer. On his travels he ponders Thoreau's eager seclusion in Walden Woods and the reason Rimbaud walked in a fury. He shows us that 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.

About the Author

Frederic Gros is a professor of philosophy at the University of Paris XII and the Institute of Political Studies, Paris. He was the editor of the last lectures of Michel Foucault at the College de France. He has written books on psychiatry, law and war. He...

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