A Philosophy of Walking by Frédéric Gros PDF

By Frédéric Gros

ISBN-10: 1781682712

ISBN-13: 9781781682715

Title note: unique identify Marcher, Une Philosophie
Author note: John Howe (Translator)
Publish yr note: First released 2009

"It is simply principles received from jogging that experience any worth."--Nietzsche

In A Philosophy of jogging, a bestseller in France, top philosopher Frédéric Gros charts the various other ways we get from A to B -- the pilgrimage, the prom, the protest march, the character ramble -- and divulges what they are saying approximately us.

Gros attracts awareness to different thinkers who additionally observed jogging as anything relevant to their perform. On his travels he ponders Thoreau's keen seclusion in Walden Woods; the explanation Rimbaud walked in a fury, whereas Nerval rambled to healing his depression. He indicates us how Rousseau walked so one can imagine, whereas Nietzsche wandered the mountainside to put in writing. by contrast, Kant marched via his place of origin on a daily basis, precisely on the similar hour, to flee the compulsion of inspiration. excellent and erudite, A Philosophy of Walking is an unique and insightful manifesto for placing one foot in entrance of the other.

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The Créole spoken in Haiti is almost the same, and in Mauritius, too, it has developed and solidified on similar lines, and it is even spoken, I believe, in the tiny French island of La Réunion in the Indian Ocean; the easternmost point of that peculiar journey on which Baudelaire was packed off as a young man, pour lui changer les idées. It is an excellent language for the Negro songs of the Antilles, and is said to be a good medium for humour and epigram. Its sound is, above all, comic, a succession of heavy labial noises, nasal inflections and loud quacks.

This neo-Gothic building is made of iron, and riveted together against earthquakes by nuts and bolts and staples, inspiring one with the feeling of being inside a boiler, or a vast religious tramp steamer. We found ourselves in the outskirts of the town in a maze of shacks with the architecture, and almost the size, of derelict confessional boxes. The streets and the cabins grew smaller and more broken down as we advanced, and the population more ragged, dirtier, more miserable and shambling; a kind of Tobacco Road.

Each island may be “a distinct and idiosyncratic entity, a civilization, or the reverse, fortuitous in its origins, empirical in its development,” but Leigh Fermor also knows that the story of any part can’t be understood without examining the whole. R. James. Leigh Fermor’s portrait of the Caribbean, after the manner of James and a hundred others writing from and on the region, is an attempt at synthesis: discrete experiences on individual islands are the way into examining the history of the region in toto.

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