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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, 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 cognizance to other thinkers who additionally observed jogging 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 wonderful and insightful manifesto for placing one foot in entrance of the opposite.

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Outdoors is our element: the exact sensation of living there. You leave one lodging for another, but continuity, what lasts and persists, comes from the surrounding landscapes, the chains of hills that are always there. And it is I who wind through them, I stroll there as if at home: by walking, I take the measure of my dwelling. The obligatory passages, which you traverse and leave behind, are bedrooms for one night, dining rooms for one dinner and one breakfast, the people who run them, the ghosts that inhabit them; but not the landscape.

It is repeated in the walker’s body. The harmony of the two presences, like two strings in tune, each feeding off the vibration of the other, is like an endless relaunch. Eternal Recurrence is the unfolding in a continuous circle of the repetition of those two affirmations, the circular transformation of the vibration of the presences. The walker’s immobility facing that of the landscape … it is the very intensity of that co-presence that gives birth to an indefinite circularity of exchanges: I have always been here, tomorrow, contemplating this landscape.

If, when listening, the wish arises in the foot to mark the rhythm, it’s a good sign. All music is an invitation to lightness. Wagner’s music depresses the foot in this respect: it makes it panic, it forgets how to place itself. Worse still, it languishes, drags, turns this way and that, gets irritated. While listening to Wagner, as Nietzsche tells us in his last texts, it’s impossible to feel the desire to dance, for one is submerged in swirling meanders of music, vague torrents, muddled yearnings.

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