Apr 30, 2023
On episode 171, we welcome James Hibbard to discuss the philosophy of cycling and using it for self-creation; the business of cycling and why the sport no longer produces individual riders; whether American capitalism can be escaped by specific individuals; Nietzsche and the existential, human ideal; America’s obsession with winning and winners, and whether anyone is really happy; James’ cycling career and his realization that being an athlete was no longer sustainable; coping with existential depression, and how Styron’s Darkness Visible perfectly described his experience; the perils of idealism and how it precludes us from forming genuine relationships; mindfulness and how to focus on the present; the moral of The Great Gatsby; and the inherent limitations of philosophical inquiry.
James Hibbard's writing has appeared in journals including Ploughshares, Aporia, Otherwise, Noetic, and Aethlon. He studied philosophy at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Depaul University, and has received grants and been selected for residencies by PEN America and Tin House. A former UCI professional road cyclist and member of the U.S Cycling Team, James has written extensively on the sport of cycling. His new book, available on May 2, 2023, is called The Art of Cycling: Philosophy, Meaning, and a Life on Two Wheels.
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