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This book examimes philosophy of walking.

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I feel more enlightened because of this book.

  • Feb 6, 2014

 The title of the book attracted me to read it. I never thought about a philosophy of walking before.  Frederic Gros is a professor of philosophy at the University of Paris. Gros introduces the ideas of several famous philosophers.  Gros also shares his thoughts about  walking.   He discusses three kinds of walking. They are the march, the pilgrimage and the stroll.  I learned what each form of walking has achieved in history.

 I am inspired by the achievements of Gandhi.  He slowly marched for 44 days to protest a salt tax in 1930. His actions led to India's independence in 1947. His philosophy of non violence is something I strive for every day. Gros believes that strolling promotes pleasure, joy and serenity.  These are things that I definitely want more of in my life.  This little bit of knowledge motivates to reach these states of well being.  I can walk indoors with a walker.  This helps me to relax some what and achieve some clarity of mind. I am unable to stroll outdoors because of my physical disability, but I try to enjoy the outdoors as much as I can. 
  I am inspired by the words of Nietzsche.  He believed never to sit for too long.  He believed that the best ideas came to fruition because of physical movement. I am inspired by work of Thoreau who lived for two years by himself in a long cabin.   He believed that walking gives a person an appreciation for nature.  He also believed that walking helps a person detach from  material possessions.  Gros devotes a chapter to a philosopher named Rousseau.  He wrote two books entitled Reveries and The Inequality of Man.  He did this  by just  walking and observing around the country of France.  I am motivated to learn more about Rousseau just to learn about what he discovered and compare it to my own experiences with dealing with inequality. I would have appreciated a longer discussion about the books Rousseau wrote in his career.

 I learned about an edible cactus called peyote. People in Mexico make a pilgrimage of 400 kilometers annually to the Potosi desert to retrieve and consume this plant.  The peyote cactus improves headaches and depression.  Gros also makes a reference to the Kailash mountain in Tibet.  This beautiful mountain is topped with ice. I would love to visit Mexico and Tibet to see these two things for my myself.  A Philosophy of Walking inspires me to walk more for my health. Learning more about philosophy is always enjoyable for me too..This book makes me feel more enlightened.

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Walking is preferable to being a couch potato. It provides exercise and time to contemplate. Works by Rousseau include: Discours sur les Sciences et les Arts (Discourse on the Sciences and Arts), 1750. Often referred to as the "First Discourse," this work was a submission to the Academy of Dijon's essay contest, which it won, on the question, "Has the restoration of the sciences and arts tended to purify morals?" Le Devin du Village (The Village Soothsayer), 1753. Rousseau's opera: it was performed in France and widely successful. Narcisse ou l'amant de lui-même (Narcissus or the lover of himself), 1753. A play written by Rousseau. Lettre sur la musique francaise (Letter on French music), 1753. Discours sur l'origine et les fondments de l'inegalite (Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality), 1755. Often referred to as the "Second Discourse," this was another submission to an essay contest sponsored by the Academy of Dijon, though unlike the First Discourse, it did not win the prize. The Second Discourse is a response to the question, "What is the Origin of Inequality Among Men and is it Authorized by the Natural Law?" Discours sur l'Économie politique (Discourse on Political Economy), 1755. Sometimes called the "Third Discourse," this work originally appeared in the Encyclopédie of Diderot and d'Alembert. Lettre á d'Alembert sur les Spectacles (Letter to Alembert on the Theater), 1758. Juli ou la Nouvelle Héloïse (Julie or the New Heloise), 1761. A novel that was widely read and successful immediately after its publication. Du Contract Social (The Social Contract), 1762. Rousseau's most comprehensive work on politics. Émile ou de l'Éducation (Émile or On Education), 1762. Rousseau's major work on education. It also contains the Profession of Faith of the Savoyard Vicar, which documents Rousseau's views on metaphysics, free will, and his controversial views on natural religion for which the work was banned by Parisian authorities. Lettre á Christophe de Beaumont, Archévêque de Paris (Letter to Christopher de Beaumont, Archbishop of Paris), 1763. Lettres écrites de la Montagne (Letters Written from the Mountain), 1764. Dictionnaire de Musique (Dictionary of Music), 1767. Émile et Sophie ou les Solitaires (Émile and Sophie or the Solitaries), 1780. A short sequel to the Émile. Considérations sur le gouverment de la Pologne (Considerations on the Government of Poland), 1782. Les Confessions (The Confessions), Part I 1782, Part II 1789. Rousseau's autobiography. Rousseau juge de Jean-Jacques, Dialogues (Rousseau judge of Jean-Jacques, Dialogues), First Dialogue 1780, Complete 1782. Les Rêveries du Promeneur Solitaire (Reveries of the Solitary Walker), 1782. http://www.iep.utm.edu/rousseau/
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