The Meaning of Travel: Philosophers Abroad

Emily Thomas (Author)

Product Details

Oxford University Press, USA
Publish Date
March 03, 2020
5.2 X 7.8 X 1.2 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Emily Thomas is Associate 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.


"Emily Thomas has used her command of the philosophical canon to extend our understanding of an impulse that many of us share but few examine in such depth. The Meaning of Travel is a manifesto for the virtues that travel can bestow on the traveller οΏ½ not just an increase in knowledge, but a deep humility at the scale and diversity of the world, and an enduring wonder that we live on such a planet." -- Philip Marsden, The Spectator

"No one could ask for a more congenial companion than Emily Thomas on her 2,000-plus year journey through The Meaning of Travel ... an engaging primer on how travel has transformed both what we know and how we think." -- Richard Larschan, The Times Higher Education Supplement, Book of the Week 04/02/2020

"Exceptionally thoughtful." -- Sara Wheeler, Literary Review

"Novelty, knowledge and insight can be found in travel. It can make us wiser as well as better-informed ... having read this book, I am now both." -- Graham Elliott, Standpoint

"A real delight... Treat yourself!" -- Peter Smith, Logic Matters

"Brilliantly researched and detailed, while staying humorous throughout, 'The Meaning of Travel' is a fantastic exploration of how travel can broaden the mind." -- Stuart Kenny, Much Better Adventures (13 of the best travel books to read while you self-isolate)

"A unique and extraordinary read that is as informed and informative as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking." -- The Midwest Book Review

"An original, engaging book... Emily Thomas has a lightness of touch that never undercuts the seriousness and complexities of the issues discussed." -- Julian Baggini, author of How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy

"This is the finest kind of travel: not just across continents, but through time, space and our infinite minds. The journey is the joy, and Emily Thomas a terrific guide." -- Mike Parker

"At last - a book not about where we travel, but why. The Meaning of Travel illuminates the reasons we've been tempted to set out on untrodden paths for centuries." -- Dea Birkett, author of Serpent in Paradise