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The Meaning of Travel: Philosophers Abroad

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  8 reviews
"This is the finest kind of travel: not just across continents, but through time, space and our infinite minds. The journey is the joy, and Emily Thomas a terrific guide." - Mike Parker

How can we think more deeply about travel?

This was the question that inspired Emily Thomas journey into the philosophy of travel. Part philosophical ramble, part travelogue, The Meaning of T
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Kindle Edition, 261 pages
Published February 27th 2020 by OUP Oxford
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Todd Stockslager
Review title: The examined journey

People go from point A to point B for many reasons at many different times and distances, but not all of those trips are considered "travel." We commute to work, go shopping, visit family and friends, go for a "Sunday drive." but none of these are "travel", a trip taken for a specific purpose that supports a large industry that is the main economic mainstay of many regions and cities around the world. Why do we "travel"? Why is it different? Philosophy professor
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Kan Bhalla
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I had to re-title this book, I'd call it 'History of Travel and Philosophy'. While it deals with some very interesting topics like what travel meant to people in 16th and 17th century, and how philosophy and science were indistinguishable from each other until three centuries back, it also ponders on Emily's uneventful journey to Alaska, a short travelogue.
Overall, a book on this and that, which somehow makes into a coherent piece of reading.
şahan
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An academician's meta-philosophy, in a bad way
Morgan Sloan
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We often imagine philosophers sat in armchairs whilst contemplating abstract concepts that vaguely to relate to the world outside of their ivory tower. In some cases this is sort of accurate. But the fact of the matter is that philosophy is all about answering difficult questions, and sometimes you just have to get out into the world to find the answers to them. Emily Thomas takes us on a journey through philosophy and around the world, demonstrating how discovering different places has helped m ...more
Sekaringtias
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very warm, witty, and friendly lookout on how philosophy and travel has connected and influenced one another over the years - and continously enriching meaning between the two. I must say Emily's telling on her own travel experience and how she seamlessly connects it to philosophy is adorable. And most of all, nostalgic, too. In these days of confinement, this one is a very, very welcome reading.
KT
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable, wonderfully eclectic read
Kay
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, nonfiction
Chapters 5 and 6 are the best essays in the book. Fascinating philosophical and historical survey about travel.
Maruti
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
3.5 stars.

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Emily Thomas was born in London, and has lived there most of her life – except between the ages of 13 and 18 when she lived in Maldon in Essex on board a Thames Sailing Barge, with her family of seven assorted siblings and stepsiblings and two warring cats. Emily also works as an editor of many different kinds of books, including children’s and young adult fiction. She now lives in Brixton, with n ...more

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