Running Is Life: Transcending the Crisis of Modernity

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2010 - Philosophy - 148 pages
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Running feels good. It also centers the runner in the world, solves the problems implied by the Cartesian split between body and soul, and establishes an active relationship between the self and others. Running takes the motion we are all born with (that is the essence of life) and with individual providing the impetus, projects us into the world of others. When we run, we transcend ourselves and place ourselves in the world.

Running is Life is set in many places---Cairo, the Eastern Sierras, Las Vegas, New York's Adirondack Mountains, and Barcelona, among others---but always in the moving body of the runner hurtling both through and into the world. Running is Life is both a hymn to human motion and an explanation of its sweetness.
 

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Contents

The Problem with Modernity
1
Running is Life
5
Running in the Adirondacks
19
Running on the National Mall
37
Running in Barcelona
67
Running in the Eastern Sierras
79
Running in Las Vegas
103
Running in Death Valley
113
The Abandoned Teddy Bear
121
Endnotes
141
Index
143
About the Author
149
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Bruce Fleming is a graduate of Haverford College with subsequent degrees from the University of Chicago and Vanderbilt University. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the Free University Berlin and has studied in Paris and Siena. He has taught for more than two decades at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

He is the author of numerous books ranging from aesthetics to political and military theory, dance criticism, and literary criticism. He has also published shorter pieces in many quarterlies and magazines, including the Yale Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Antioch Review, Southwest Review, the Washington Post, The Nation, the Village Voice, and the Chronicle of Higher Education as well as scholarly venues. He won an O. Henry short story award; his novel Twilley was compared by critics to works by Henry James, T.S. Eliot, Proust, Thoreau, and David Lynch. In 2005 he won the Antioch Review Award for Distinguished Prose, a career award.

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