Walking, a Philosophy

Original title: Marcher, une philosophie

Author: Gros, Frederic

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French | Carnets Nord



Walking, a Philosophy

Original title: Marcher, une philosophie

Author: Gros, Frederic

  • 2 Seas Represents: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish Rights.
  • Rights Sold: Arab World, Brazil (E Realizaçao), Czech Republic (Nova Beseda), China (Thinkingdom), Denmark (Kristeligt Dagblads Forlag), Estonia, Germany (Riemann), Finland (Basam Books), Greece, Italy (Garzanti), Korea (Chae-Se-Sang), The Netherlands (De Bezige Bij), Spain (Taurus), Poland (Wydawnictwo Czarna Owca), UK (World English Rights, Verso), Taiwan (Gusa), Turkey, Indonesia (Renebooks), Croatia, Norway (Heinesen)
  • Over 60,000 copies sold


Walking is a topical theme in the era of carpooling, sustainable development, and the slow movement which has gained popularity in various countries. This small, accessible, and yet profound treatise on philosophy was an unexpected bestseller upon its release (25,000 copies sold in trade format, and it continues to sell well in pocket format).  

Philosopher Frédéric Gros praises an activity we all practice, yet which goes against the increasingly frantic pace of today’s society: walking, a kind of communion with nature. It is at once a philosophical act, a spiritual experience and a mode of transport and travel practiced by a growing number of enthusiasts throughout the world.

Essential to the awakening of the self, this breviary takes us for a walk with many famous as well as unknown walkers: activists that put their footsteps in those of Gandhi, philosophers following the example of Socrates, Rousseau, Kant, or Nietzsche, thinkers and poets like Thoreau, Benjamin or Rimbaud, the increasing number of anonymous pilgrims who take up the challenge of the Way of Saint Jacques de Compostela, or plain strollers.

The book is composed of short and varied sequences that are very enjoyable to read. The examples of walkers alternate with values that are associated with walking such as solitude, silence, slowness, etc.


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  • The Netherlands (Uitgeverij De Bezige Bij)
  • Denmark (Kristeligt Dagblads Forlag)