Cycling: A Philosophical Tour De Force

Cycling: A Philosophical Tour De Force

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Edited by Jesus Ilundain-Agurruza, Edited by Michael W. Austin, Series edited by Fritz Allhoff, Foreword by Lennard Zinn

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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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Editors Jesus Ilundain-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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"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 Jesus Ilundain-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)

Table of contents

Foreword ( Lennard Zinn ). Acknowledgments ( Jesus Ilundain-Agurruza and Michael W. Austin ). Getting in Gear: An Introduction to Cycling - Philosophy for Everyone ( Jesus Ilundain-Agurruza and Michael W. Austin ). STAGE 1 THE VARIETIES OF CYCLING EXPERIENCE. 1 Warm Up: A Surreal Ride ( Patrick Vala-Haynes ). 2 Learning to Ride a Bike ( Peter M. Hopsicker ). 3 Becoming a Cyclist: Phenomenological Reflections on Cycling ( Steen Nepper Larsen ). 4 Unleash the Beast: Technology and the Time Trial ( Bryce T. J. Dyer ). STAGE 2 VELO VIRTUES. 5 Warm Up: A Test of One's Mettle ( Patrick Vala-Haynes ). 6 Lance Armstrong and True Success ( Gregory Bassham and Chris Krall ). 7 LeMond, Armstrong, and the Never-Ending Wheel of Fortune ( Scott Tinley ). 8 Riding Like a Girl ( Catherine A. Womack and Pata Suyemoto ). 9 Bicycling and the Simple Life ( Russell Arben Fox ). STAGE 3 RE-CYCLING. 10 Warm Up: When Two Wheels Meet Four ( Patrick Vala-Haynes ). 11 Philosophical Lessons from Cycling in Town and Country ( Robert H. Haraldsson ). 12 The Commutist Manifesto ( John Richard Harris ). 13 Critical Mass Rides Against Car Culture ( Zack Furness ). STAGE 4 SPINNING WISDOM. 14 Warm Up: Are You Real? Tony Meets Bishop Berkeley ( Patrick Vala-Haynes ). 15 My Life as a Two-Wheeled Philosopher ( Heather L. Reid ). 16 Cycling and Philosophical Lessons Learned the Hard Way ( Steven D. Hales ). 17 From Shoes to Saddle ( Michael W. Austin ). STAGE 5 FAIR PLAY ON TWO WHEELS. 18 Warm Up: Pushing the Envelope ( Patrick Vala-Haynes ). 19 What To Do Once They're Caught ( John Gleaves ). 20 Out of Control: The Pirate and Performance-Enhancing Drugs ( Raymond Angelo Belliotti ). 21 Is the Cannibal a Good Sport? ( Andreas de Block and Yannick Joye ). STAGE 6 PEDALING CIRCLES. 22 Warm Up: Riding into Awe ( Patrick Vala-Haynes ). 23 Taking the Gita for an Awesome Spin ( Seth Tichenor ). 24 Stretched Elastics, the Tour de France, and a Meaningful Life ( Tim Elcombe and Jill Tracey ). 25 Life Cycles and the Stages of a Cycling Life ( Jesus Ilundain-Agurruza and Mike McNamee ). Notes on Contributors: The Cycling - Philosophy for Everyone Peloton.