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By Frederic Gros, Clifford Harper, John Howe

ISBN-10: 1781682704

ISBN-13: 9781781682708

"It is simply principles won from strolling that have any worth."—Nietzsche

In A Philosophy of jogging, a bestseller in France, prime 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 recognition to other thinkers who additionally observed jogging as something principal 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 put in writing. 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 pleasing and insightful manifesto for placing one foot in entrance of the opposite.

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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. Sport is keeping score: what’s your ranking? Your time? Your place in the results?

Increasingly he was seized by terrible headaches that kept him in bed, lying in the dark, gasping with agony. His eyes hurt, he could hardly read or write. Each quarter-hour of reading or writing cost him hours of migraine. He asked to be read to, for his eyes wavered on contact with the page. Nietzsche tried to compromise, asking to be discharged from one course, and soon after even from his teaching obligations at the secondary school. He obtained a year off to breathe, recover, gather his strength.

But here, where we are, in Abyssinia, the misery and boredom are just as impossible, the immobility palls: nothing to read, no one to talk to, nothing to gain. Here, it’s impossible. Impossible here, for a single day more. Here, it’s ‘atrocious’. ’ Every route is good to follow, every road towards the sun, towards more light. Doubtless it’s no better elsewhere, but at least it’s away from here. The route is needed, to get there. ’ In reality it is only en route, on paths, on roads, that there isn’t a here.

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