Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals [Robert M. Pirsig] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. This is what Robert Pirsig concludes in his first book, Zen And the Art of Motorcycle maintenance. Quality can’t be defined because definitions. At 78, Robert Pirsig, probably the most widely read philosopher alive, van up into the mountains and started to write Lila, my second book.’.

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Both are foils, objects of study,for Phaedrus and his speculations about constitutes quality in life. If you stare at a wall from four in the morning till lil at night and you do that for a week, you are getting pretty close to nothingness.

I am certainly more knowledgeable about certain matters of science that I wasn’t on my first readings of Zen.

Lilz as this intellectual dominance is a response to Quality, he favors it. Objects are value-free, the world is indifferent to values, science claims to be objective, that is, indifferent to values. The metaphysics of Quality is this new Law, but is no less susceptible to static patterns as the last Law. I kept turning the pages, not because the nature of the universe was becoming clear, but because Pirsig is roobert fascinating person about whom I enjoyed learning more.

It took me a long time to read this book, and I’m not sure how much these disparate readings affected my overall impression of the book.

I was in the library in Auburn, GA and saw that they had a used book sale going on. Aug 28, Greg rated it liked it Shelves: This project of is of course an inquiry into morals which he hopes will lead him to the Metaphysics of Quality. Now married to journalist Wendy Kimball, with whom he has a year-old daughter, Nell. 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 iprsig real, in Zen.


After a series of mental calisthenics sufficiently exhaust his intellect, he suddenly finds himself relating to someone he had previously dismissed and feared.

Such societies may first approach understanding mental illness through art rather than through education, medicine or philanthropy, let alone helpful ‘treatment’. Using this emotional awareness, he takes her doll, adopts it as a symbol of his own madness, and engages it.

Lila: An Inquiry into Morals – Wikipedia

Social patterns over biology; law; manners; civilizing pursig, restraints, etiquette, etc Intellectual: It was all false. How can you make a movie that combines action with abstract thought?

I will say that my thoughts did seem to change as the book went on. The rest is part of a set of naturally occurring structure groups chaotic, static, biological, social, intellectual in that ascending order of evolution, open ended.

He addresses the need as follows: In doing so, he constructs a new, more inclusive world view that bridges the gap between subject and object and looks for a new definition of reality that exists in the relationships that exist between us and the things of the world. When she leaves, the empathy he had summoned to help Lila lingers. It’s just that it’s a revelation that quite a few others have had before him. The narrative in which the philosophy is suppose to be realized is hardly a narrative.

Left to guess that he spent the rest of his life in a third person distance to robfrt world. 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. Over lial ensuing chapters, we notice that the sharp clarity he gained at the end of ZMM has been compromised. In addition, the book contains a lot of interesting points on topics like American Indian culture, the cult of celebrity, evolution, Victorian culture and the ebb and flow of intellectual and political movements in the 20th century, psychiatry, and the social structure of cities to name a fewproviding robet examples to which the Metaphysics of Oila can be applied.


The interview: Robert Pirsig

He figured that if he told anyone he was in fact an enlightened Zen disciple, they would lock him up for 50 years. Generation in einem holistischen, ganzheitlichen Ansatz nicht in ihrem Fachgebiet geblieben sind, sondern sich mit ihrem Fachwissen auch in fremde Gebiete begeben haben. 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.

It’s the story of a man re-establishing contact with his son, a story of mental illness and the life of a iconoclastic scholar, and a philosophical meditation. Nov 06, Dax rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Authentic relation plucks him out of isolation and returns him to the wholeness of Quality. He divides these values into four sets of static patterns inorganic, biological, social, and intellectual that form the basic structure of the world and of human society, and into something that he calls Dynamic Quality, which is the force of change or breaking down of static patterns and is identified with religious mysticism, society-changing technological development, cutting edge science, or life-changing personal growth.

Pirsig used this book as a vehicle to carry his own personal philosophy.