The Meaning of Travel

The Meaning of Travel Philosophers Abroad

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Synopsis

"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 Travel begins in the Age of Discovery, when philosophers first started taking travel seriously. It meanders forward to consider Montaigne on otherness, John Locke on cannibals, and Henry Thoreau on wilderness. On our travels with Thomas, we discover the dark side of maps, how the philosophy of space fuelled mountain tourism, and why you should wash underwear in woodland cabins... We also confront profound issues, such as the ethics of 'doom tourism (travel to 'doomed' glaciers and coral reefs), and the effect of space travel on human significance in a leviathan universe. The first ever history of the places where history and philosophy meet, this book will reshape your understanding of travel.

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Book information

ISBN: 9780198835400
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 910.01
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 5968
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 338g
Height: 139mm
Width: 203mm
Spine width: 25mm