Philosophical Ridings

Pages: 160
Subject: Philosophy
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: illustrations

Philosophical Ridings

Motorcycles and the Meaning of Life

Craig Bourne

An incisive examination of the central questions of philosophy - life, death, art, liberty and human obligation - through the eyes and mind of a biker.
9781851685202 (24 May 2007)
RRP £9.99 / US$14.95

The Book

From Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance to The Motorcycle Diaries, to be a biker is to be on the road to the meaning of life. What would the existentialists have to say about facing death on a bike? Can your motorcycle be as much a work of art as a Michelangelo painting? And why is it that bikers are so often political rebels? Philosopher and biker Craig Bourne shows for the first time the thoughtful side of the biker, and takes us on a fun trip through the philosophy of motorcycles.

Additional Information

Subject Philosophy
Pages 160
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations illustrations


About the Author

Craig Bourne is a College Lecturer in Philosophy and Fellow of Pembroke College and New Hall, Cambridge. He rides a Ducati.


Suzanne Ferriss - Suzanne Ferriss, editor, International Journal of Motorcycle Studies (, and co-author of Motorbike (Reaktion Books)."A thought-provoking examination of philosophical issues relevant to motorcycling, from aesthetics to justice and, ultimately, the nature of death and existence."