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Harley-Davidson and Philosophy: Full Throttle Aristotle provides great insight to the journey of the open road. -- Paul Teutul, Sr., American Chopper(Discovery Channel

In this collection of spirited essays, 14 riders explain what keeps them on their hogs. -- Sacramento Bee, January,2006
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Product Details

  • Series: Popular Culture and Philosophy (Book 8)
  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Open Court; First Edition edition (February 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081269595X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812695953
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,639,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not one of these essays reflect the true meaning or spirituality that is riding a motorcycle.
36 knuck
I found it frustrating, waiting for something to 'pop' with their thoughts, but for the most part, it just didn't happen.
Amazon Customer
The book is really not a bike book, just uses bikes as a take off point to discuss philosopy.
Redcatcher 1968-69

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
One doesn't usually associate bikers with philosophy - but here are twelve bikers who also happen to be philosophers to refute the image of the biker as uneducated or unthinking. In associating philosophy with recognizable, everyday concerns, HARLEY-DAVIDSON AND PHILOSOPHY: FULL-THROTTLE ARISTOTLE brings the staid practice of philosophy to life, joining others in the publisher's series to attract new generations to a practice often presented as a dry art of past thinkers.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Riddle on October 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
I was an undergraduate philosophy major with all of the earnestness and seriousness that implies. Years later, after getting my MBA, starting and running a successful business, and buying a Harley to ride, I came on this book. It reminded me of all of those seminal college conversations late into the night with girls I was trying to score with and to impress.(Usually the girls were not impressed!)

This book is fun because it does not take itself too seriously and is written by philosophers-riders who can relate the topic of philosophy to a motorcycle, especially a Harley. The book is funny, irreverent, and a little Monty Python-like. It helped me to remember all of those philosophical issues I had thought I'd forgotten over the years -- e.g., what is the best way to live one's life? -- and it started me thinking about philosophy while riding my Harley.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 36 knuck on February 23, 2012
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I bought the book based on the title and the hope it would be what I was looking for. I was sorely disappointed. They missed the mark by a mile. Not one of these essays reflect the true meaning or spirituality that is riding a motorcycle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Schafer on July 21, 2010
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I saw about a dozen of these remaindered in the philosophy section of a used book store, so I picked one up for examination.
Did you know that there are only two motorcycles? Harley-Davidson's and Honda's. (A friend of mine was a member of The Wrecking Crew, racing for Harley-Davidson in the twenties, he said the factory always insisted that they say Harley-Davidson, not just Harley.) All other manufacturers don't really count because after all Suzuki and Yamaha actually just make Honda's and Triumph, Norton and BMW actually just make Harley-Davidson's. I kid you not, that is what it says in this book.
I thought about this profound idea for a moment in time and then I set the book down and left.
I own eight bikes, my brother has two and his boys have one each. We vacation on motorcycles. I had just been to Vintage Days at Mid-Ohio for three days.
I could go on but hey, if Paul Senior says it is a good book then it must be a good book, right? His thoughtfulness and vocabulary indicate that he is well read, right?
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