By Frederic Gros, Clifford Harper, John Howe
"It is just rules won from strolling that have any worth."—Nietzsche
In A Philosophy of strolling, a bestseller in France, top philosopher Frédéric Gros charts the numerous various 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 realization to other thinkers who additionally observed strolling as something significant 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 medication 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 enjoyable and insightful manifesto for placing one foot in entrance of the opposite.
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All of it except a few lines was thought out en route, and scribbled down in pencil in six small notebooks. He spent the winter in southern towns, essentially Genoa, the bay of Rapallo and later Nice (‘I walk on average an hour in the morning, three hours in the afternoon, at a good pace – always the same route: it is beautiful enough to bear repetition’, March 1888), Menton just once (‘I have found eight walks’, November 1884). The hills were his writing bench, the sea his great arch (‘The sea and the pure sky!
Rimbaud walked throughout his life. Obstinately, with passion. Between the ages of fifteen and seventeen, he walked to reach great cities: the Paris of literary hopes, to become known in Parnassian circles, to meet poets like himself, desperately lonely and longing to be loved (read his poems). To Brussels, to pursue a career in journalism. Between twenty and twenty-four, he several times tried the route to the South, returning home for the winter. Preparation for travel … There were incessant shuttles between Mediterranean ports (Marseille or Genoa) and Charleville; walking towards the sun.
Between the ages of fifteen and seventeen, he walked to reach great cities: the Paris of literary hopes, to become known in Parnassian circles, to meet poets like himself, desperately lonely and longing to be loved (read his poems). To Brussels, to pursue a career in journalism. Between twenty and twenty-four, he several times tried the route to the South, returning home for the winter. Preparation for travel … There were incessant shuttles between Mediterranean ports (Marseille or Genoa) and Charleville; walking towards the sun.
A Philosophy of Walking by Frederic Gros, Clifford Harper, John Howe