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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In this way she’d continue to lead a “normal” life, continuing her problem, whatever it was, within conventional cultural limits. So, of course, in his follow-up book, Lila, written 17 years later, he spends pages trying to achieve one thing: He addresses the need as follows: It has since taken on a roberf of its own, and though parts feel dated, its quest for meaning still seems urgent. Out of this and his current work at hand, he describes patterns which to the observer are matters of fact, while the ‘subjectivity’ of the viewer may pirsog been reconsidered by inherent social patterns.

There is the broken-down father trying to bond with his son on a road trip.

It’s not really sensual except for one scene. Pirsig broods over the exchange for several days. Yet here he was about to define it. Part of the compulsion of that book, which has sold more than five million copies, is the sense of autobiographical mysteries that remain unexplained.

This was a great book – more accessible than its predecessor to me and caused me to think quite a bit. The Metaphysics of Quality requires a transcendence from this animalistic egoism so that we can tether ourselves to social order. But I was resolving things in Lila; the sadness of the past, and particularly Chris’s death, is there. Not easy to do.

I suspect it may have something to do with my insistence that “quality” can not be defined,’ he says. Because no matter how rational and logical my reasoning is, how much it is based on a deep scientific understanding of the universe, there is a 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.


That book provided an ongoing textbook narrative of the authors “metaphysics” and review of philosophy. His discussion of how celebrity functions within social patterns of value, for instance, I found intriguing, and his application of this intellectual framework to the problem of Lila’s mental illness brought the high-flying concepts down to earth in a very compelling model of mental illness and mental turmoil.

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. That doesn’t make the biological model more true than the intellectual model. 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.

Nov 06, Pages Buy. If there must be a comparison, it is Lila over Zen. Pirsig has crafted a unique work of adventure and ideas gobert examines the essential issues pirsif the nineties as his previous classic did the seventies.

Jul 27, Jeff Offutt rated it it was amazing. An Inquiry Into Morals,” is a much more difficult read. The philosophy Pirsig explores is deeply complex and intricate, something that the first book managed to overcome. I pirsgi I must have passed out drunk.

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.

Along robet way, Phaedrus picks up a stray character, Lila, who had had a hard life and, as Phaedrus came to realize, suffered from mental illness. I was in the right mood, so lula this book as a part of inspiration. Pirsig used this book as a vehicle to carry his own personal philosophy.

There are sections that seem to be on the verge of saying something important but the author’s intellect seems to get in the way; robedt him to get wrapped up in a historical detail rather than completing his argument. After the army he majored in philosophy and persuaded his tutor to help him get a place on a course in Indian mysticism at Benares, where he found more questions than answers.


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The pursuit of a MOQ is a means not an end. This page was last edited on 2 Aprilat May 25, Lia Baker rated it liked it.

I liked the idea that ideologies could have more or less value rather than be true or false. But instead of calling the police and having her committed, he takes her in, feeds and shelters her. I already felt, from other readings, that mysticism is poorly understood and therefore frequently misunderstood or ignored in Western Christian philosophy; Pirsig’s unusual approach to mysticism is, I think, clearer and more easily digestible than the religious explanations I’ve more often heard and therefore valuable as another way of describing a technique and mindset that’s quite difficult to describe adequately.

Pirsig starts the book telling us about the book he was trying to write. While it is not an unsuccessful book, it is in large far less compelling, far less easily understood, and far less magical than ZEN Everything just functions, like machinery.

The hippie movement, having perceived the flaws inherent in both social and intellectual patterns, sought to transcend them, but failed to provide a stable replacement, degenerating instead into lower level biological patterns as noted in its calls for free love.

The interview: Robert Pirsig

It’s just that it’s a revelation that quite a few others have had before him. For Lila, as for Phaedrus himself, a vacation represents, literally, a vacating. 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.

He hoped Lila would force the ‘metaphysics of quality’ from the New Age shelves roberr the philosophy ones, but pkrsig has not happened.