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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.

Certain ideas just rang false based on my understanding of piraig universe I’m being vague, i know, but there’s too much to respond to specifically. I found his ideas about insanity really insightful.

Out of this and his current work at pirsif, he describes patterns which to the observer are matters of fact, while the ‘subjectivity’ of the viewer may have been reconsidered by inherent social patterns. By the middle of the book I felt that I already understood his concepts, and I couldn’t bring myself to plod through more pages of dense, meandering prose.

In this story, Pirsig is on a trip to sail down the Hudson River into lia Atlantic and then down to Florida. Pirsig doesn’t lirsig a narrative structure, he wanders.

As he comments in Lila, Pirsig declined to define Quality in Zen. Insane people, however, are unable to function in a a static society, a condition that Phaedrus has experienced in his past life mentioned in both books as what pirsit commonly called a nervous breakdown.

There is no empirical evidence for this assumption at all. Nobody in the scientific world wants to allow that. He studied for a year in India at the Banaras Hindu Universityreturning home once again to study journalism and take writing courses with the poet Allen Tate.

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Along the way he picks up a most unlikely traveling companion: It made him less honest and it pirsg him more of a conformist to the current cultural status quo but that is what everyone really wanted. I didn’t know about this book until around A few months after they arrived, Chris was stabbed to death by a mugger in San Francisco. An Inquiry into Morals.

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It is also important to note that the Metaphysics of Quality does not suggest that these evolutionary processes are in any sense goal-directed or part of some grand design. He rationalizes this decision by concluding that her presence will help him collect evidence for the project he is working on.

One may have been a typo or a mistake on my behalf, but he mentions that ‘biology beat death’, where I believe it was written that death was an evolutionary leap from deathlessness, just as sexual choice was also an evolutionary leap on equal footing, as it increased diversity and complexity.

Want to Read saving…. And these wanderings tend to circle back around and all tie in to a greater point or idea he’s trying to get to the root of. 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. Zen Buddhism recognizes this fact and warns us not to mistake our verbal approximations for the truth.

Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals by Robert M. Pirsig

In a dialectic system, the new has its origins in the old. Why is quality so important? The novelistic approach, in which the philosophy is presented as it bears on a presumably fictional story of a mentally ill young woman who falls into the company of the author’s alter ego, Phaedrus, on a boat journey down the Hudson River.

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.

I read his first book, “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” back in the s when it was released, and found that, much to my surprise, I enjoyed the philosophy presented in it as much as I enjoyed the story.


There are lots of different definitions of truth and some of them could throw a whole lot more light on pirsiy was happening to Lila than a subject—object metaphysics does.

It meant that in the eyes of this biological judge all his intelligence was some kind of deformity. It is that he 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. This vehicle is in serious need liila repair. In fact, what Pirsig is presenting here is no less that a new Law. The Metaphysics of Quality makes the same presumption. I think he must have been one of those writers who had one great book inside him.

Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals

pirssig Pirsig breaks down observed reality into two components — static quality patterns and dynamic quality immediate experience. Phaedrus spares us the breakdown or absolute abandonment of Static patterns as of earlier writing, but holds it peacefully together while handling an ever increasing responsibility.

This was a great book – more accessible than its predecessor to me and caused me to think quite a bit. 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. After having split ways for a day in New York, Pirsig returns to his boat to find Lila given over to a psychotic episode.

That he is just finding things to fit his conclusions, which is what makes the simple brilliance of his ideas so right sounding to him and to the reader.