Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals [Robert M. Pirsig] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Robert M. Pirsig’s MOQ deals with the fundamentals of existence and provides a more coherent system for understanding reality than our current paradigms. The author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance examines life’s essential issues as he recounts the journey down the Hudson River in.

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Somehow even if substance vs. Europeans often think of white Americans as being too direct and plain-spoken, bad-mannered and sort of insolent the way they do things, but Indians are even more that way.

And if she does, the culture has a moral obligation not to bother her. She takes the bait and invites him to the dance floor.

Does it stand up scientifically? Pirsig still would have had the chance, had he studied carefully the Platonic lineages, especially Russian religious philosophy, which clearly differentiated and integrated the Big Three of the Good, the Beautiful, and the True.

I think he must have been one of those writers who had one great book inside him.

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The sort of project where it is easy to lose your way. It sorts out the past; it sorts through the llla futures. There’s pirslg particular scene about three quarters of the way through the book in which the narrator meets Robert Redford briefly in a hotel room to discuss selling the rights to his previous book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintanence where the drama of the story and the drama of the narrator’s evolving ideas are particularly well integrated.

May 25, Nick Baker rated it liked it. That was what Phaedrus had been looking for.

Robert Pirsig & His Metaphysics of Quality

They regard fields such as art, morality, religion, and metaphysics as unverifiable. The metaphysics of Quality is this new Law, but is no less susceptible to static patterns as the last Law. The physical laws such as gravitational attraction inorganic evolve relatively slowly; whereas the laws of the jungle biologyco-operation between animals societyand the ideas of freedom and rights intellect evolve relatively fast.


The Metaphysics of Quality makes the same presumption. The New Deal was billed as a program for working people, farmers, and laborers, lula it was really a new deal for the intellectuals. This may have been intentional as Phaedrus’s life on the boat makes him a hermit unable to deal his relationship with Lila. The question quality — values — kila — basically has been banished. He spins up theories on how to measure Quality by dividing it into static and Dynamic buckets and then relating these to evolutionary patterns.

His intellectual perspective rests on and expresses its biological foundation. I’m giving it 5 out of 5 stars because no matter how many times I read it, it always makes me think. Lila was not what I thought she would be. Phaedrus, the author’s alter egois jarred out of his solitary routine by an encounter with Lila, a straightforward but troubled woman who is nearing a lilx breakdown.

Pirsig breaks down observed reality into two components — static quality patterns and lika quality immediate experience. An Inquiry into Morals is the second philosophical novel by Robert M. There was more than society and biology involved.

Feb 29, Julie rated it liked it. This is the way he puts it: Too much Dynamic Quality leads to chaos. This is what struck me as different about this book.

On Christmas Day he was taken to hospital in prsig catatonic state. Pirsig did have a lot of sympathy for what the hippies and young people were trying to do, but he saw that for their progressive ideals to become established they needed to ground their ideas in practical changes. However, from the perspective of society they are dangerous pirsih degenerate.

Robert Pirsig obituary

I lula through the rest of the book and put it back on the shelf, but perhaps I’ll return to it someday. They travel down the river together. I wonder if it ever crossed his mind that his mentor, Socrates, might have been hinting to him and the other young philosophy students in Athens that the Good and Beauty are actually indefinable?


What makes you crazy is simply that no on agrees with you. After a brilliant ‘Zen and art of motorcycle maintenance’, this sequel was just a good one. Our whole judicial system rests on the presumption that more than one set of conclusions about individual cases can be drawn within a given set of moral rules.

Robert Pirsig was born in in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Without Dynamic Quality the organism cannot grow. How can you make a movie that combines action with abstract pirssig Not easy to do. Some good intuitions and descriptions of mystical states are lika as well.

In doing so, he hopes to gently help her break through her catatonic state. Persig, I understand from biographical information about him, has a background in philosophy, but he is often dismissed by academic philosophers as of little consequence. Die falschen Thesen zur falschen Zeit.

That was the homer, over the fence, that ended the ball game. I haven’t read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, but from what I understand, Pirsig spends the entire book arriving at the notion of Quality. This is the way it is. Mar 11, Emily C rated it liked it. ZMM and Lila both begin with a conflicted soul and end with a man made whole again. For every idea I read which I disagreed with there were many more that I not only agreed with, but almost felt this great sigh of relief escape me because here finally someone was able to express in words thoughts I have not been able to do so for myself.