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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.