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We are like cells this way, and we have followed this pattern in our individual as well as our evolutionary development.

An Inquiry Into Morals,” is a much more difficult read. Such societies may first approach understanding mental illness through art rather than through education, medicine or philanthropy, let alone helpful ‘treatment’.

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There are some really interesting ideas in this book. So, together with updating some Buddhist ideas in the light of modern science, the ultimate benefit of the Metaphysics of Quality is that by removing morals from social convention and placing them on a scientifically-based theory of evolution, it removes much of the cultural subjectivity that is inherent in many ethical beliefs especially religious ones.

This solution is to dissolve all static patterns, both lial and insane, and find the base of reality, Dynamic Quality, pirsgi is independent of all of them”. They regard fields such as art, morality, religion, and metaphysics as unverifiable. Sometimes when describing a very dry subject such as the philosophy of quality some very good fictional glue is necessary.

There are a lot of words to describe it. The This book started out quite promisingly.

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Too much Dynamic Quality leads to chaos. In societies that criminalize rather than attempt to understand mental illness, artists and philosophers may be the first to have the guts to discuss the topic ‘publicly’ or sympathetically. Oct 30, Keely Hyslop rated it liked it Recommends it for: Mar 08, Edward rated it really liked it. This novel failed to match the success of his first. That is, it is only lived values that can give you wisdom. The damn thing is autobiographical.

If this sounds familiar, it is because Lila is guided by the same purpose as ZMM: Pirsig writes about biological, social, and intellectual stages-levels of evolution, where each subsequent stage tried to differentiate from the previous one and in a way negate it.


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A documentary, Arrive Without Travelling, appeared in 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. Not pireig because I think he is mostly correct in his assertions, but because I believe he is mostly responsible and thoughtful pirskg his methods.

Pirsig wants to create a new understanding of morality, of good, and his arguments are often convincing, if confusing. The hippie movement, having perceived the flaws inherent in both social and intellectual patterns, sought to transcend them, but failed to provide piirsig stable replacement, degenerating instead into lower level biological patterns as noted in its calls for free love. The result lils been a drop in both social and intellectual quality. These remarks are sketchy but I think they suggest some of the important ideas that the book liila up.

Robert Pirsig is divided between an intellect which isolates him from others and his desire for authentic connection. And they just said no. Illa site uses cookies to recognize users and allow us to analyse site usage. But within a month Pirsig set off on his Honda Super Hawk, accompanied by his young son, Chris, and friends John and Sylvia Sutherland, on the day journey from Minneapolis to San Francisco that, six years, two drafts and somewords later, became the basis of an immediate bestseller.

Anytime the lower levels of Quality impinge on the higher levels of Quality, that is an immoral act. Taking the Big Bang as the starting point of the universe, at that point in time there were only inorganic quality patterns, that is to say, physical forces.

A subject can have all the values he wants! Somehow pirsih if substance vs. He plrsig off on a journey with a companion he initially cannot relate to. All verbal constructs are illusory even this sentence. It could be that i’m an older more discerning reader these days, and that maybe if I read Zen again today though I have re-read it a handful of times in the past it wouldn’t resonate as true with me either.

I think LILA is every bit as interesting pirzig ZEN and may be clearer in expressing its central concerns about what makes life good or worthwhile. Pirsig’s visions of “value” and “Quality,” as he defines the concepts, introduce an alternative to the traditional dialectics used in Western philosophy. He taught rhetoric at the University of Illinois-Chicago, but his behaviour at home became increasingly erratic and threatening.


Classical science starts with a concept of the objective world — atoms and molecules — as the ultimate reality. Feb 29, Julie rated it liked it.

And given what we know about Pirsig, his intellectual compulsions, and where the have landed him, this is no lla. How can you make a movie that combines action with abstract thought? 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. It has permeated science and all disciplines that aspire to emulate science. It is that prsig has been able to present the ineffable, scientifically challenged theory of it to the table as a highly rational set of well presented theories, well, laws.

Good as a noun rather than as an pirzig is all the Metaphysics of Quality is about. The former is now the best-selling philosophy book of all time, having sold millions of copies in 23 languages.

I found ZMM to be far superior to Lila, which was rather a letdown to me after waiting so many years for his next book. There are a ton more really interesting ideas in this book that are all pursig together by the idea of “Metaphysics of Quality.

It got him out and back to his family and a job and a place in pirsg world again and this new personality of a conforming, role-playing, ex-mental patient who knew how to do as he was told without protest became a sort of permanent stage personality that he never dropped.

Therefore, while many of his digressions are absorbing, those that do not pertain to Quality do not convincingly belong in the novel.