The Philosophy of Movement

The Philosophy of Movement

An Introduction

Thomas Nail

Foreword by Daniel W. Smith

An influential thinker distills years of work on the philosophy of movement into one accessible account

312 Pages, 6 x 9 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781517917456
  • Published: September 10, 2024
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The Philosophy of Movement

An Introduction

Thomas Nail

Foreword by Daniel W. Smith

ISBN: 9781517917456

Publication date: September 10th, 2024

312 Pages

36 black and white illustrations

8 x 5

"Nail is one of those contemporary thinkers who is trying to chart a path for what the philosophy of the future might be, and he has a vision of philosophy that is as unabashedly systematic as Hegel or Leibniz." —Daniel W. Smith, from the Foreword

 

"The Philosophy of Movement brings an unrelenting focus on motion as fundamental. How might we think, what new concepts might we create, if motion is fundamental rather than relative to something stable? Here, Thomas Nail doesn’t disappoint as he invents a profusion of new concepts, retells human history as a history of motion, and proposes an ethics that takes motion seriously." —Brent Adkins, author of Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus: A Critical Introduction and Guide

 


An influential thinker distills years of work on the philosophy of movement into one accessible account


Why are city dwellers worldwide walking on average ten percent faster than they were a decade ago? Why are newcomer immigrant groups so often maligned when migration has always constituted civilization? To analyze and understand the depth of the reasons, Thomas Nail suggests that it serves us well to turn to a philosophy of movement. Synthesizing and extending many years of his influential work, The Philosophy of Movement is a comprehensive argument for how motion is the primary force in human and natural history.

 

Nail critiques the bias toward stasis at the core of Western thought, asking: what would a philosophy that began with the primacy of movement look like? Interrogating the consequences of movement throughout history and in daily life in the twenty-first century, he draws connections and traces patterns between scales of reality, periods of history, and fields of knowledge. In our age of rapid movements shaped by accelerating climate change and ensuing mass global migration, as well as ubiquitous digital media, Nail provides a contemporary philosophy that helps us understand how we got here and how to grapple with these interlocking challenges.

 

With a foreword by philosopher Daniel W. Smith, The Philosophy of Movement: An Introduction is a must-read for scholars and students not only of philosophy but also history, anthropology, science and technology studies, mobility studies, and other fields across the humanities and social sciences.

Thomas Nail is distinguished scholar and professor of philosophy at the University of Denver. He is author of many books, including Matter and Motion: A Brief History of Kinetic Materialism; Lucretius III: A History of Motion; Theory of the Object; and Being and Motion.

 

Daniel W. Smith is professor of philosophy at Purdue University. He has translated, from the French, books by Gilles Deleuze, Pierre Klossowski, Isabelle Stengers, and Michel Serres.