Cycling: A Philosophical Tour De Force

Cycling: A Philosophical Tour De Force

Paperback Philosophy for Everyone

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

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  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 23mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 24 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Chicester
  • ISBN 10: 1444330276
  • ISBN 13: 9781444330274
  • Sales rank: 204,408

Product description

Covering interesting and varied philosophical terrain, Cycling - Philosophy for Everyone explores in afun but critical way the rich philosophical, cultural, andexistential experiences that arise when two wheels are propelled byhuman energy. * Incorporates or reflects the views of high-profile and notablepast-professional cyclists and insiders such as LennardZinn, Scott Tinley, and Lance Armstrong * Features contributions from the areas of cultural studies,kinesiology, literature, and political science as well as fromphilosophers * Includes enlightening essays on the varieties of the cyclingexperience, ranging from the ethical issues of success, women andcycling, environmental issues of commuting and the transformativepotential of cycling for personal growth * Shows how bicycling and philosophy create the perfecttandem * Includes a foreword by Lennard Zinn, author and owner of ZinnCycles Inc.

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Author information

Editors Jesus Ilundain-Agurruza is AssistantProfessor of Philosophy, and Allen and Pat Kelley Faculty Scholarat Linfield College, Oregon. He has published in the journals Sports, Ethics, and Philosophy and Proteus. He is acategory 2 racer. Michael W. Austin is an Associate Professor of Philosophyat Eastern Kentucky University, where he works primarily inethics. He has published Conceptions of Parenthood: Ethicsand the Family (2007), Running and Philosophy: A Marathonfor the Mind (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), and Football andPhilosophy: Going Deep (2008). Series Editor Fritz Allhoff is an Assistant Professor in thePhilosophy Department at Western Michigan University, as well as aSenior Research Fellow at the Australian NationalUniversity s Centre for Applied Philosophy and PublicEthics. In addition to editing the Philosophy forEveryone series, Allhoff is the volume editor or co-editor forseveral titles, including Wine & Philosophy(Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), Whiskey & Philosophy (withMarcus P. Adams, Wiley, 2009), and Food & Philosophy(with Dave Monroe, Wiley-Blackwell, 2007).

Review quote

"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)

Back cover copy

The bicycle has been described as the most perfect of human inventions and its ability to inspire cannot be underrated - after all, Einstein claimed that the theory of relativity came to him whilst cycling. And so bicycling and philosophy create the perfect tandem; both teach us to confront realities about the world and ourselves, and to pursue lofty ideals. Investigating the connections between the intellectual and physical sides of cycling, this book rides over important philosophical terrain, including: The ethics of cycling competitiveness and success The epiphanies and self-revelations discovered when cycling The transformative potential of cycling for personal growth The role and experience of women cyclists "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.

Table of contents

Foreword ( Lennard Zinn). Acknowledgments (Jesus Ilundain-Agurruza andMichael W. Austin). Getting in Gear: An Introduction to Cycling Philosophy for Everyone (Jesus Ilundain-Agurruza andMichael W. Austin). STAGE 1 THE VARIETIES OF CYCLING EXPERIENCE. 1 Warm Up: A Surreal Ride (PatrickVala-Haynes). 2 Learning to Ride a Bike (Peter M. Hopsicker). 3 Becoming a Cyclist: Phenomenological Reflections onCycling (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 (PatrickVala-Haynes). 6 Lance Armstrong and True Success (Gregory Bassham and ChrisKrall). 7 LeMond, Armstrong, and the Never-Ending Wheel of Fortune(Scott Tinley). 8 Riding Like a Girl (Catherine A. Womack and PataSuyemoto). 9 Bicycling and the Simple Life (Russell Arben Fox). STAGE 3 RE-CYCLING. 10 Warm Up: When Two Wheels Meet Four (PatrickVala-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 (ZackFurness). 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 (PatrickVala-Haynes). 19 What To Do Once They re Caught (JohnGleaves). 20 Out of Control: The Pirate and Performance-EnhancingDrugs (Raymond Angelo Belliotti). 21 Is the Cannibal a Good Sport? (Andreas de Block andYannick Joye). STAGE 6 PEDALING CIRCLES. 22 Warm Up: Riding into Awe (PatrickVala-Haynes). 23 Taking the Gita for an Awesome Spin (SethTichenor). 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 (JesusIlundain-Agurruza and Mike McNamee). Notes on Contributors: The Cycling Philosophy forEveryone Peloton.