How can we think more deeply about travel? This was the thought that inspired Emily Thomas to journey into the philosophy of travel, to explore the places where philosophy and travel intersect. Part philosophical ramble, part memoir, The Meaning of Travel begins in the Age of Discovery in the sixteenth century, when philosophers first began thinking and writing seriously about travel It then meanders forward to encounter the thoughts of 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 questions, such as the debate on the ethics of 'doom tourism' (travel to doomed places such as glaciers or coral reefs), and how space travel might come to affect our understanding of 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.
The first ever history of the places where history and philosophy meet, from the Age of Discovery in the sixteenth century to contemplation of how space travel will affect our understanding of who we are in the twenty-first. This book will reshape your understanding of travel.
Travelling well: top 10 vintage trips 1: What is travel? Montaigne and otherness 2: What are maps? Brian Harley on cartographic deception 3: Francis Bacon on exploration and apocalyptic philosophy of science 4: Innate ideas on Descartes, Locke, and Cannibals 5: Why did tourism start? A grand tale of education and sex 6: Travel writing, thought experiments, and Margaret Cavendish's 'Blazing World' 7: Mountain travel and Henry More's philosophy of space 8: Edmund Burke and sublime tourism 9: Wilderness philosophy, Henry Thoreau, and cabin porn 10: Is 'travel' a male concept? 11: The ethics of doom tourism 12: Will space travel show the Earth is insignificant? Returning home: top 10 vintage trips Notes Select Bibliography Index
Emily Thomas combines a personal voice with highly informative, well-researched glimpses of particular philosophical travellers... It's accessible and it's entertaining, but also opens up interesting philosophical ideas. It's very original.
Emily Thomas is Assistant Professor in Philosophy at Durham University. She completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge and worked in the Netherlands for three years before arriving at Durham. She has published extensively on the philosophy of space and time, as well as philosophical issues in travel. She has also spent a lot of time by herself getting lost around the world.
The first ever book on the philosophy of travel, scouting the borders between travelling and thinkingIt asks why people travel, what should motivate scientific research, and where God might beThomas looks at the philosophical value of travel and if it is worthwhile to grasp at alien and difficult things, to puzzle at them, and try to expand our worldviews in the process
Oxford University Press