A Philosophy of Walking

Category: Book
By (author): Gros, Frederic
Illustrated By: Harper, Clifford
Translated By: Howe, John
Subject:  PHILOSOPHY / General
  PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Humanism
Publisher: Verso Books
Published: April 2014
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 8.53in x 5.82in x 0.95in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*"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.
Review Quote*"A passionate affirmation of the simple life, and joy in simple things. And it's beautifully written: clear, simple, precise." -Observer

"Poignant life-stories ... are interspersed with the author's own meditations on walking ... In the way a landscape is gradually absorbed by the long-distance rambler they steadily build into an insistent exhortation: get up, get out and walk!" -Independent

"Life-affirming stuff." -National Geographic Traveler

"Impressive." -Daily Telegraph

"Philosopher Gros ponders walking, that most mundane mode of transportation or exercise, elevating it to its rightful place in inspiring creativity, evoking freedom, and quieting a troubled soul." -Booklist

"This elegant book inspires consideration of an oft-overlooked subject." – Publisher's Weekly

"Frédéric Gros asks why so many of our most productive writers and philosophers- Rousseau, Kant, Rimbaud, Robert Louis Stevenson, Nietzsche, Jack Kerouac- have also been indefatigable walkers … there are certain magical things that happen on the trail, and Gros is familiar with them. He thinks like a hiker."- Financial Times

"An admirable little book which will delight even the most sedentary."-Le Monde

"An unclassifiable book in which ideas are illuminated by the bright light of the morning."-L'Express
Biographical NoteFrederic 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 lives in Paris.