What is the Philosophy of Movement?


Dit is in het eerste nummer van het tijdschrift Mobility Humanities. januari 2022. In Seoul is sinds 2021 de Academy of Mobility Humanities en het bijbehorende  Mobility Humanities Institute gevestigd aan de Konkuk University.


Thomas Nail is een jonge Amerikaanse filosoof ,die -na zich in zijn begintijd verdiept te hebben in migratie, de migrant en grenzen-  sinds 2018 een Philosophy of Motion ontwikkelt. In dit artikel wil hij benadering voor een breder publiek toegankelijk maken.

"We all feel it: everything seems to be moving faster these days. People and things are
travelling longer distances, more frequently and more quickly than ever before. We find
ourselves in a 21st-century world where mobility increasingly defines every central area of
human activity, from society and science to commerce, the arts, and even nature itself. All
that was solid melted into the air some time ago and is now in circulation worldwide, like
dandelion seeds adrift on turbulent winds."

"We need a new story, a new synthesis that
reflects the contemporary world and helps us solve its problems. The stable cosmos, earth,
society, and brain do not exist. The philosophy of movement draws on the latest research
across several fields to rethink everything from the perspective of motion."

"If we look at the world from a kinetic perspective, new patterns and features of reality
emerge that we did not see before. "

"The philosophy of movement, as I understand it, is a conceptual framework for studying
these patterns across scales. Instead of thinking about essences, forms, and substances, it
proposes three key concepts, “flows” “folds” and “fields” to help us think about how things
work. It also distinguishes and studies the historical emergence and mixture of four different
fields or patterns of motion. Centripetal patterns move inward toward a central area from
the periphery. Centrifugal patterns move outward from a central area to the periphery.
Others establish rigid networks of tension and contrast between different patterns or
flexible elastic structures of adaptation."