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Pirsig writes Humbly and compassionately, without any flourish, which I at first misunderstood as being perhaps a less than gifted writer with a potentially great idea in his ape hands.

She takes the bait and invites him to the dance floor. They sailed for the UK ingetting caught in the same storm that wreaked havoc on the Fastnet sailing race. He seems suspicious of the whole experience.

In an interview, the author said that he was disappointed that more ‘seriously thinking people’ did not really understand his ideas entirely. I think he must have been one of those writers who had one great book inside him.

She was all about freedom but with this came the obvious chaos in her life. Non-Platonic texts can be helpful guides in this context.

What was clear was that if he was going to do anything with anthropology pirsiv place to do it was not in anthropology itself but in the general body of assumptions upon which it rests.


It is a powerful examination of the meaning of life in a pseudo-novelistic framework that makes the philosophical explorations both more palatable and more understandable.

Pirsig indulgences in describing parallels he has found between his observations on American culture and ideas other intellectuals have offered.

I really don’t know how Pirsig manages this. Were there some holes in the framework?

Robert Pirsig & His Metaphysics of Quality

Without the suffering to propel it, the cart would not move forward at all. Pirsig writes on multiple levels. For Lila, as for Phaedrus himself, a vacation represents, literally, a vacating. As in his previous book, the narrative is embedded between rounds of philosophical discussion. There is nothing wrong with being lazy, nothing morally wrong with lying, with theft, with suicide, with murder, with genocide.

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Aug 28, Greg rated it liked it Shelves: This was a great book – more accessible than its predecessor to me and caused me to think quite a bit. Phaedrus was more honest, he would never compromise, and the young respected him for that. All verbal constructs are illusory even this sentence.

The second talks about morality and ties into quality in terms of metaphysics and having “quality” be a scientific metric to judge things. It had no intellectual meaning, but it had plenty of meaning nevertheless. Over the ensuing chapters, we notice that the sharp clarity he gained at the end of ZMM has been compromised.


And if she does, the culture has a moral obligation not to bother her.

Artists, visionary political leaders, sometimes truly revolutionary religious figures such as Christ, Mohammed, and Buddha, see reality in a different way, so different that it shatters normally static society patterns and shifts society into new directions.

According to the novel, the pireig universe can be divided into four Static values: Mar 08, Edward rated it really liked it. Apparently Chris has died and Phradous is all alone now. Because llila matter how rational and logical my reasoning is, how much it is based on a deep scientific understanding of the universe, there is pigsig point where certain ideas i have about morals and ethics and “good” come down to certain assumptions that I have no method or framework to explain.

So, at least this was not registered accurately in my brain. In LILA, there is some very rough slogging.

These four levels refer to the following domains: Pirsig follows up his Zen book with a smoother, more sophisticated, and clearer book that may not be as oila and haunting, but is certainly more mature.

Plato was perhaps a little too over-confident in how usable his theory of Forms is in practice.