PHILOSOPHY BY BIKE Socrates, Pantani and other sprints
At the crossroads between the history of philosophy, culture and cycling, Bernardi makes us discover a wealth of anecdotes and protagonists.
Beside their tragic deaths, what do Socrates (the Athenian philosopher who taught by eliciting ideas through dialogue) and Marco Pantani (the Pirate from Romagna who would ride up climbs faster than the others just to shorten the agony) have in common? And what makes Gino Bartali’s efforts similar to the askesis of a Medieval mystic, whereas Fausto Coppi’s efforts seem closer to Cartesian mechanism? Find out by following the wheel and pen of Walter Bernardi, a philosopher, university professor and bicycle enthusiast who, through decades of cyclophilosophical practice, has supported the thesis that ‘philosophy goes by bike’. With the lightness of a climber, the stamina of a finisseur and the agility of a sprinter, Bernardi takes us on his philosophical Giro d’Italia where he sprints with Fiorenzo Magni and Steve Jobs, balances his bike with Albert Einstein and Margherita Hack, track stands with Diogenes and Nietzsche, and discusses the big picture with Alfredo Martini.
Walter Bernardi lives in Prato and has taught philosophy at the universities of Florence, Venice, Lecce, and Siena. A keen connoisseur of the history of cycling, he published with Ediciclo Sex and the Bici. Il ciclismo a luci rosse [Sex and the cycle. Racy cycling] (2015). He is member of ANPI (the National Association of Italian Partisans) and FIAB (the Italian Federation of Friends of the Bicycle).