Book Event

NVA in partnership with Run and Become presented an evening with author, runner and philosopher Mark Rowlands on Mon 11 March 2013


“Most of the serious thinking I have done over the past 20 years has been done while running.” Mark Rowlands

Mark Rowlands has run for most of his life. He has also been a professional philoshopher. For him the two, Running and Philoshophising, are linked. Mark is one of the most exciting philosophers at work today. In this talk he shared ideas from his new book, Running from the Pack: Thoughts From the Road on Meaning and Mortality (Published by Granta, March 2013), which explores the intimate relationship between running and thinking.

Rowlands has made some pretty significant runs, from the whole day he spent as a boy running through the Welsh countryside, to pelting up Irish mountains as an adult with his pet wolf. He shared the profound meditations on meaning and mortality that those runs triggered: from the freedom of running that causes him to reflect on Sartre, to the injuries that provoke thoughts of death and Heidegger, to the uncertain reasons for running which puts him in mind of Aristotle’s search for causes, and why running is the embodied understanding of what Plato called ‘the form of the Good’ – intrinsic value as it makes itself felt in a person’s life.

Mark Rowlands was born in Newport, Wales. He is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami and the author of a dozen books, including the critically acclaimed bestselling The Philosopher and the Wolf, a memoir of his relationship with his pet wolf.

“For anyone who even vaguely thinks of themselves as a distance runner, they will know the strange and wonderful trains of thought form the mundane to the joyful and the profound that we think about when running . Mark taps into this in an illumining yet entertaining way, so do take this rare opportunity to come and meet him” Adrian Stott of Run and Become

“NVA’s Speed of Light seeks to investigate the act of running as well as physicalise it through performance. Mark Rowlands new book offers fascinating insights for us all to work with”
Angus Farquhar, Creative Director, NVA’s Speed of Light

Mon 11 March, 7.15 pm at Run and Become, 20 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh EH2 4 QW.
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