Being and Motion

Publication Info.

  • AuthorThomas Nail
  • PublisherLP Publication (Seoul, South Korea)
  • Released2021.1.29
Philosophical Time-Lapse of the Movement of the Anthropocene

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This book is a Korean translation of the book titled Being and Motion by Thomas Nail (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Is it a coincidence that ancient philosophers described existing subjects as moving round objects with a static center and imagined ancient society as a walled center in a spherical universe? Can this centrifugal movement pattern be part of material history and serve a constitutive role in all fields of cognition?
《Being and Motion》 asks “What is movement?” A question that almost all philosophers have answered but no single one has written about independently in the history of philosophy. This book traces the extensive historical motives and foundations for the birth of the philosophy of movement. After a long journey through the history of the movement, the author reached the conclusion that modern ontological practice is a hybrid mix of all historical patterns of the past! This book aims to offer readers knowledge of the history and philosophy of movement.
This book introduces a time-lapse language for the present. It intends to show readers some of the hidden movement, patterns, and processes that define our world. It takes readers on a journey through the history of movement as the Godfrey Legion takes the audience on a journey from the beginning of the earth to concrete jungle in modern times. From the smallest to the largest in reality, the modern world is increasingly defined by movement and mobility. We call the incomprehensible long and almost immobile duration period as the “Ice Age.” Today, aided by time-lapse photography, we are witnessing glaciers moving and retreating like a roaring river in minutes due to climate change. Undoubtedly, the processes in the world are moving at an unstable pace. The subjects of this extensive 800-page book are not static objects, but undefined flows; and 《Being and Motion》 pays attention to how these flows render themselves meta-stable like vortices in rivers. Ultimately, the book points out a pattern of circulation.