The Meaning of Travel : Philosophers Abroad

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 Emily 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 is not just a geographical journey, but a philosophical one too: a journey through space, time and intellectual thought. This book will reshape your understanding of travel.

    Hardback, 227 pages, 25 illustrations
    13.9 x 20.3 x 2.5 cm

    Collections: Books, Humanities, Philosophy

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