A Philosophy of Walking by Frederic Gros, Clifford Harper, John Howe

By Frederic Gros, Clifford Harper, John Howe

"It is barely rules received from strolling that have any worth."—Nietzsche

In A Philosophy of jogging, a bestseller in France, best philosopher Frédéric Gros charts the various 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 awareness to other thinkers who additionally observed strolling as something relevant 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 treatment 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 comparable hour, to escape the compulsion of thought. Brilliant and erudite, A Philosophy of Walking is an exciting and insightful manifesto for placing one foot in entrance of the opposite.

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Mystic and Politician – Gandhi 25. Repetition Further Reading 1 Walking Is Not a Sport Walking is not a sport. Sport is a matter of techniques and rules, scores and competition, necessitating lengthy training: knowing the postures, learning the right movements. Then, a long time later, come improvisation and talent. Sport is keeping score: what’s your ranking? Your time? Your place in the results? Always the same division between victor and vanquished that there is in war – there is a kinship between war and sport, one that honours war and dishonours sport: respect for the adversary; hatred of the enemy.

The walking body is unfolded and tensed like a bow: opened to wide spaces like a flower to the sun, exposed torso, tensed legs, lean arms. Our first question about the value of a book, of a human being, or a musical composition are: can they walk? Books by authors imprisoned in their studies, grafted to their chairs, are heavy and indigestible. They are born of a compilation of the other books on the table. They are like fattened geese: crammed with citations, stuffed with references, weighed down with annotations.

The Cynic’s Approach 16. States of Well-Being 17. Melancholy Wandering – Nerval 18. A Daily Outing – Kant 19. Strolls 20. Public Gardens 21. The Urban Flâneur 22. Gravity 23. Elemental 24. Mystic and Politician – Gandhi 25. Repetition Further Reading 1 Walking Is Not a Sport Walking is not a sport. Sport is a matter of techniques and rules, scores and competition, necessitating lengthy training: knowing the postures, learning the right movements. Then, a long time later, come improvisation and talent.

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