A Philosophy of Walking
Gros draws attention to other thinkers who also saw walking as something central to their practice. On his travels he ponders Thoreau’s ...more
Since then, I've wandered. I was born to wander. My father's job with the US Air Force facilitated, nay, forced this. We moved from Germany to Texa ...more
Love walking myself, but never stopped to consider how it effected my way of thinking. Now I do. Kant,Nietzsche, Thoreau, Jesus, Gandhi and many others are in this book. Some walked with others like Gandhi and Jesus, but many preferred to walk alone. Some with a walking stick, some with their han ...more
The ghost of that book is hidden in this one, but at almost every opportunity Gros ruins that potential by universalizing his own experiences of walking or by denigrating communities and academic conversations. Indeed, one ...more
This is truly a philosophy book and it says it right in the title. This is a book about the essence of walking, the experience of walking, the disdain of walking, and famous walking philosophers. Due to this, it is not a mass market book.
I am a c ...more
On a personal level, I really do love taking walks through different cities, and that is what drew me to this book to begin with. Being able to spend the entire day just exploring, crossing bridges over a ...more
"In A Philosophy of Walking, Frédéric Gros charts the many different ways we get from A to B—the pilgrimage, the promenade, the protest march, the nature ramble—and shows what it tells us about ourselves....more
He draws attention to other thinkers who also saw walking as a central part of their practice, and ponders over things like why Henry David Thoreau entered Walden Woods in pursuit of the wilderness; the reason Rimbaud walked in a fury while Nerval rambled to cure his me
We get some insight into the thoughts and habits of Rimbaud, Thoreau, Rousseau, Kant and Nietzsche and many more dead men of self-importance or significance an ...more
This started off interesting, but then just kept going and going and going and going and going. So boring. Gros' presented his views as the be-all-end-all of philosophic thought on walking, and I really disagreed with a lot of his points. He seems like a snooty jerk.
I am very inspired and touched by the sincerity of this book. It will inspire the flaneur and the hiker alike.
It has its moments, notably the sections Gravity, Elemental and the chapter on Gandhi, but for the most part, the act of walking makes a somewhat incidental appearance. Wa ...more
I love walking. I love, love, love walking. Walking cities, neighborhoods, churches, trails, I love it all.
My eyes already touch the sunny hill.
going far ahead of the road I have begun.
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it has inner light, even from a distance-
and charges us, even if we do not reach it,
into something else, which, hardly sensing it,
we already are; a gesture waves us on
answering our own wave...
but what we feel is the ...more
"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."
"Then through natural compassion the heart opens, dilates spontaneously before the apparent pain, like petals opening to light."
"It's more a flashing moment: sudden flame, time catching fire. ...more
Very absorbing read (just a couple of the essays were weak), lots of interesting history, stories and ideas. Only occasionally lapses into the French intellectual's habit of forced naivety and excessive ...more
I was particularly taken by Chapter 11 wherein the author di...more
This is another entry in what I’ve come to think of as "Craig Mod books," reflections on walking and what that activity does to thought through the body. I initially read Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust on his recommendation from that essay and loved it. It treated walking as something with a history, with many purposes in time and in different cultures, and treated those purposes with respect and a genuine criticality that reflected the impossibility of covering as broad a concept as "walking" in a...more
Fortunately, the previous reader had marked the more important bits in pencil, so in the end it was all good :D