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The philsophical inconsistencies between this and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, made me want to write an argumentative letter to the author. By my limited understanding of Lila, I am a more effective father, friend, son, brother, teacher, What is quality?

Post lia midlife crisis man prsig younger voluptuous woman. He takes a very real experience of his as he is in reality, Pirsig, and sees Phaedrus ‘think through many every day experiences to slowly arrive at divisions of Quality, ‘ finally cracking that nut which he left untouchable but no less real, in Zen. This brought him back to Metaphysics. These static patterns of quality are analogous to both subjects and objects; but only analogous.

A documentary, Arrive Without Travelling, appeared in There was no way he was going to make any contribution to anthropology with his non-credentials and crazy ideas. Pirsig holds that his concepts of “static” and “dynamic” provide a useful lens for examining any definable topic, from the hard sciences of tangible things to social dynamics and even to consciousness itself.


Pirsig’s visions of lilq and “Quality,” as he defines the concepts, introduce an alternative to the traditional dialectics used in Western philosophy. He told the sane what they wanted to hear and kept his real pirsg to himself.

He dealt very little about his dalliance with her or what it did to him at that juncture of his life.

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Somehow even if substance pjrsig. Read it when you’re feeling analytical, generous, and patient so that you can absorb the useful ideas and let the intellectualized ignorance roll off your back.

We can only surmise that he resents her because he feels that she denigrates his intellect. Pirsig indulgences in describing parallels he has found between his observations on American culture and ideas other intellectuals have offered.

Concepts are always static. He spins up theories on how to measure Quality by dividing it into static and Dynamic buckets and then relating these to evolutionary patterns. I did enjoy some of the passages on sailing and the scene where Phaedrus is confronted by a critic of ZAMM but the book lacked a cohesive framework. You never really go to know Lila at all. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: While I admire anyone who attempts to create an entirely new metaphysics, the narcicism and sexism of this book was unbearable.

Was this some kind of sell-out? But instead of calling the police and having her committed, he takes her in, feeds and shelters her.

Another theme analyzed using the Metaphysics of Quality is the interaction between intellectual and social patterns. He says she does, but cannot explain why. In a way, Pirsig is trying to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western philosophical traditions — not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination.


Pirsig is one of the great influences in my life. One interesting conclusion is that modern American culture is the result of a melding of Native American and European values.

A Minnesota native of German descent, Pirsig grew up in the era of declining Victorian social values, that is, the period in which the white Protestant ascendancy was becoming less and less popular. Pirsig puts it down as a personal, real, actual exploration towards what is commonly and rather ambiguously referred to as ‘The Truth’. There is nothing morally wrong because there are no morals, just functions.

Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals

This is the way he puts it: He first meets Lila at a bar and, sufficiently intoxicated, decides to hit on her. Nov 26, Erik Torenberg rated it it was amazing.

There is nothing wrong with being lazy, nothing morally wrong with lying, with theft, with suicide, with murder, with genocide. But what she has to do is take a vacation from all patterns, old and new, and just settle into a kind of emptiness for a while. So, at least this was not registered accurately in my brain. He, Phaedrus, was the sophist trying to see reality straight up, within a Western perspective that either engaged in mystery Plato or emphasized facts and de-emphasized value Western science.

The analysis of Victiorian society was brilliant.