The Philosophy of Walking — A Sea of Faith Meeting, Wednesday 13th, 7.30pm @ the Unitarian Hall, Cambridge
On Monday I talk one of my regular walks across Grantchester Meadows to Grantchester itself for a pint in The Green Man's shady beer garden. As always I took a few photos along the way and post them here for your enjoyment (click on a picture to enlarge it).
As most of you know I consider walking to be the best philosophy and I agree wholeheartedly with Friedrich Nietzsche, who memorably said in The Gay Science:
We do not belong to those who have ideas only among books, when stimulated by books. It is our habit to think outdoors — walking, leaping, climbing, dancing, preferably on lonely mountains or near the sea where even the trails become thoughtful.
With this thought in mind it seems worth noting here that this Wednesday, 13th May, I'll be hosting a Sea of Faith meeting in Cambridge on the subject of "A Philosophy of Walking"
As always it takes place in the church hall of the Memorial Church, Cambridge and will start promptly at 7.30pm and finish at 9.30pm.
Here's some of the blurb I wrote for the meeting:
Along with Nietzsche, Henry David Thoreau is, perhaps, one of the most pre-eminent philosophers of walking and those attending the meeting may wish to read his influential essay of 1851 entitled, simply, “Walking.” You may find it, and an introductory essay, by clicking this link.
Recently the French author, Frédéric Gros published a best-selling little book called “A Philosophy of Walking” which explored a variety of ways into this idea and, should you be minded, this is another excellent introduction to the subject. You can read more about this book by clicking this link.
This meeting, following a very brief introduction by the convenor, Andrew Brown, is designed to open up into a conversation in which attenders can bring and share their own stories and experiences of walking and philosophising.