|Walking is ‘life scoured bare’, says Frédéric Gros, a way of|
‘experiencing the real’. Photograph by Rannjan Joawn
Some of the finest thinkers in history were also enthusiastic walkers. In his surprise bestseller, Frédéric Gros uses philosophy to show how walking can bring about a sense of peace. So why is he so conflicted about life?
"It is a sunny spring Sunday and – joy! – I am off to Paris to go for a walk. Not any old walk, but a walk with a man who really knows about walking: Frédéric Gros, a professor of walking. A philosopher of walking.
Oh dear. I hope not. Just read your book, I tell him. Go for a walk. Disobey."