Cycling - Philosophy for Everyone: A Philosophical Tour de Force

Overview

Covering interesting and varied philosophical terrain, Cycling - Philosophy for Everyone explores in a fun but critical way the rich philosophical, cultural, and existential experiences that arise when two wheels are propelled by human energy.
  • Incorporates or reflects the views of high-profile and notable past-professional cyclists and insiders   such as Lennard Zinn, Scott Tinley, and Lance Armstrong
  • Features contributions from...
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Overview

Covering interesting and varied philosophical terrain, Cycling - Philosophy for Everyone explores in a fun but critical way the rich philosophical, cultural, and existential experiences that arise when two wheels are propelled by human energy.
  • Incorporates or reflects the views of high-profile and notable past-professional cyclists and insiders   such as Lennard Zinn, Scott Tinley, and Lance Armstrong
  • Features contributions from the areas of cultural studies, kinesiology, literature, and political science as well as from philosophers
  • Includes enlightening essays on the varieties of the cycling experience, ranging from the ethical issues of success, women and cycling, environmental issues of commuting and the transformative potential of cycling for personal growth
  • Shows how bicycling and philosophy create the perfect tandem
  • Includes a foreword by Lennard Zinn, author and owner of Zinn Cycles Inc.
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Editorial Reviews

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“It’s the first time I’ve read in a while. Very captivating subject matter for someone like myself. I need to hit the road.” (Conscious Being, 16 July 2013)

“Cycling – Philosophy for Everyone explores in a fun but critical way the rich philosophical, cultural, and existential experiences that arise when two wheels are propelled by human energy.” (Outdoor Zone, 31 December 2012)

"The chapters are generally well written and although there are 19 of them there are few repetitions of content ... The book's good chapters are all characterised by the fact that the author, in the process of cycling and becoming a cyclist have discovered several things about him or herself and the world s/he inhabits, and have been able to transform those discoveries into insightful ideas and recognitions." (Idrottsforum.org, 25 January 2012)

"Includes enlightening essays on the varieties of the cycling experience, ranging from the ethical issues of success, women and cycling, environmental issues of commuting and the transformative potential of cycling for personal growth." (Kansas City.info, 20 August 2010)

"This book and the others in this reasonably priced series would be useful in interdisciplinary studies programs as examples for students on how scholars from various disciplines can broach the same topic. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty/professionals; general readers." (Choice, 1 March 2011)

"There is a good deal stimulate the brain, should the brain require it." (Cycling World, January 2011)

"Whether you use the bicycle to make your living, to take you to your living, or to take you on an escape from your living, there is a great deal in Cycling: Philosophy for Everyone." (Athelon, 1 January 2011)

"If you are interested in reading something that questions how you think about yourself and your cycling and its impact on the world, then have a read." (Cog and Coffee, December 2010)

"As the title suggests, there's something for everyone from the casual rider to the seasoned pro to take away from this attempt at applying the nuances of cycling culture to contemporary issues of camaraderie, health and the environment." (Bike Culture, 28 September 2010)

"If you are a fan of bicycles or bicycle racing and have ever had an interest in philosophy, the essays in Cycling: A Philosophical Tour de Force show that philosophy and cycling work well in tandem." (Bike World News, October 2010)

"Thanks to the new book Cycling-Philosophy for Everyone, I now have a term to describe the state of mind I achieve on my daily bicycle commute. Almost any type of literary-minded cyclist will find something to latch onto in the book-food for thought during your next Zwischenzeit." (UTNE Reader, September 02, 2010)

"OBRA's own Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza has co-authored a book about the philosophical territory of the cyclist lifestyle. Michael Weiss, Chair of the Tour of Missouri writes "This is a wonderful book that captures the breadth and depth of the sport and experience of cycling. A great tour of the mental, physical, cultural and historical paths a bicycle can travel." Tom Zoumaras, a former National Champion writes "Cycling - Philosophy for Everyone reminds its readers of the joy, freedom, and accomplishment one feels when riding a bicycle, whether that entails encountering Manhattan traffic on the way to the Central Park bandit race, cresting Mount Tamalpais to the unmatched views of redwoods and San Francisco, or punching through gale force winds on an isolated Midwest farm road far from everyone and everything." (Oregon Biccyle Racing Association newsletter, September 2010)

"Building off of the life stories and philosophies of notable figures in the cycling world such as Lance Armstrong, Lennard Zinn and former road racer Pedro Delgado, and philosophers like Aristotle, Aquinas and Socrates, "Cycling: A Philosophical Tour de Force" covers the philosophical territory of the cycling lifestyle." (Bicycle Retailer & Industry News, July 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444330274
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/16/2010
  • Series: Philosophy for Everyone Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,368,715
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Editors

Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza is Assistant Professor of Philosophy, and Allen and Pat Kelley Faculty Scholar at Linfield College, Oregon. He has published in the journals Sports, Ethics, and Philosophy and Proteus. He is a category 2 racer.

Michael W. Austin is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Eastern Kentucky University, where he works primarily in ethics.  He has published Conceptions of Parenthood: Ethics and the Family (2007), Running and Philosophy: A Marathon for the Mind (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), and Football and Philosophy: Going Deep (2008).

Series Editor

Fritz Allhoff is an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at Western Michigan University, as well as a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian National University’s Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.  In addition to editing the Philosophy for Everyone series, Allhoff is the volume editor or co-editor for several titles, including Wine & Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), Whiskey & Philosophy (with Marcus P. Adams, Wiley, 2009), and Food & Philosophy (with Dave Monroe, Wiley-Blackwell, 2007).

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Table of Contents

Foreword Lennard Zinn x

Acknowledgments Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza Michael W. Austin xii

Getting in Gear: An Introduction to Cycling - Philosophy for Everyone Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza Michael W. Austin 1

Stage 1 The Varieties of Cycling Experience 11

1 Warm Up: A Surreal Ride Patrick Vala-Haynes 13

2 Learning to Ride a Bike Peter M. Hopsicker 16

3 Becoming a Cyclist: Phenomenological Reflections on Cycling Steen Nepper Larsen 27

4 Unleash the Beast: Technology and the Time Trial Bryce T. J. Dyer 39

Stage 2 Velovirtues 51

5 Warm Up: A Test of One's Mettle Patrick Vala-Haynes 53

6 Lance Armstrong and True Success Gregory Bassham Chris Krall 56

7 LeMond, Armstrong, and the Never-Ending Wheel of Fortune Scott Tinley 68

8 Riding Like a Girl Catherine A. Womack Pata Suyemoto 81

9 Bicycling and the Simple Life Russell Arben Fox 94

Stage 3 Re-Cycling 107

10 Warm Up: When Two Wheels Meet Four Patrick Vala-Haynes 109

11 Philosophical Lessons from Cycling in Town and Country Robert H. Haraldsson 112

12 The Commutist Manifesto John Richard Harris 123

13 Critical Mass Rides Against Car Culture Zack Furness 134

Stage 4 Spinning Wisdom 147

14 Warm Up: Are You Real? Tony Meets Bishop Berkeley Patrick Vala-Haynes 149

15 My Life as a Two-Wheeled Philosopher Heather L. Reid 151

16 Cycling and Philosophical Lessons Learned the Hard Way Steven D. Hales 162

17 From Shoes to Saddle Michael W. Austin 173

Stage 5 Fair Play on Two Wheels 183

18 Warm Up: Pushing the Envelope Patrick Vala-Haynes 185

19 What to do Once They're Caught John Gleaves 188

20 Out of Control: The Pirate and Performance-Enhancing Drugs Raymond Angelo Belliotti 200

21 Is the Cannibal a Good Sport? Andreas de Block Yannick Joye 214

Stage 6 Pedaling Circles 227

22 Warm Up: Riding into Awe Patrick Vala-Haynes 229

23 Taking the Gita for an Awesome Spin Seth Tichenor 231

24 Stretched Elastics, the Tour de France, and a Meaningful Life Tim Elcombe Jill Tracey 241

25 Life Cycles and the Stages of a Cycling Life Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza Mike McNamee 253

Notes on Contributors: The Cycling - Philosophy for Everyone Peloton 266

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