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By Frederic Gros, Clifford Harper, John Howe

"It is barely rules won from strolling that have any worth."—Nietzsche

In A Philosophy of jogging, a bestseller in France, major philosopher Frédéric Gros charts the various diversified 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 recognition to other thinkers who additionally observed jogging as something critical 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 treatment 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 related hour, to escape the compulsion of thought. Brilliant and erudite, A Philosophy of Walking is an pleasing and insightful manifesto for placing one foot in entrance of the opposite.

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Outside’ is no longer a transition, but the element in which stability exists. It’s the other way round: you go from lodging to lodging, shelter to shelter, and the thing that changes is the infinitely variable ‘indoors’. You never sleep twice in the same bed, different hosts put you up each night. Every new décor, every change in ambiance, is a new surprise; the variety of walls, of stones. You stop: the body is tired, night is falling, you need rest. But these interiors are milestones every time, means to help keep you outside for longer: transitions.

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.

The walking body is unfolded and tensed like a bow: opened to wide spaces like a flower to the sun, exposed torso, tensed legs, lean arms. Our first question about the value of a book, of a human being, or a musical composition are: can they walk? Books by authors imprisoned in their studies, grafted to their chairs, are heavy and indigestible. They are born of a compilation of the other books on the table. They are like fattened geese: crammed with citations, stuffed with references, weighed down with annotations.

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