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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Because Dynamic Quality is indefinable, the novel discusses the interactions between the four Static values and the Static values themselves. Pirsig also puts a strong emphasis on states of consciousness without naming them as suchspecifically prisig ones related to what in meditative traditions is known as nonduality. Pirsig claims traditional objectivity renders the field ineffective.

The Metaphysics of Quality requires a transcendence from this animalistic egoism so that we can tether ourselves to social order. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Sadly, he is unable to deliver her from her insanity. Pirsig has crafted a unique work of adventure and ideas that examines the essential issues of the nineties as his previous classic did the lils. I think LILA is every bit as interesting as ZEN and may be clearer in expressing pisrig central concerns about what makes life good or worthwhile.

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But instead of calling the police and having her committed, he takes her in, feeds and shelters her. 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’s thoughts and ideas lipa, but maybe the story he wrapped them in this time just had no appeal for me.

I may actually not get around to reading ZMM, but Lila stands well on its own. The philosophical discussion here is mixed with the story of a fobert trip down the Hudson River and about a mentally ill former prostitute named Lila who the author picks up along the way.


He had to ask his son to guide him home. An Inquiry into Ppirsig I’m not smart enough to review this book. As life, we are defenders of our integrity. I found his ideas about insanity really insightful. For Pirsig, however, it has become a tragic book in some ways. Pirsig starts the book telling us about the book he was trying to write.

Especially pkrsig considering the crushing and heartbreaking real life ending of the prior book. This was something that I noticed a few times earlier on in Lila.

Just as two sides can go before the U. This solution is to dissolve all static patterns, both sane and insane, and find the base of reality, Dynamic Quality, that is independent of all of them”. 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. Feb 29, Julie rated it liked it.

I didn’t know about this book until arou Lila: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Appears in Guinness Book of Records as the bestselling book rejected by the largest number of publishers It could be that i’m an older more discerning reader these days, and that maybe if I read Zen again today though I have re-read it a handful of times in the past it wouldn’t resonate as true with me either.

It pirsih permeated science and all disciplines that aspire to emulate science. I liked the idea that ideologies could have more or less value rather than be true or false.

The interview: Robert Pirsig

Therefore, while many of his digressions are absorbing, those that do not pertain to Quality do not convincingly belong in the novel. It had some really amazing, mind-blowing parts. About Lila In this bestselling new book, his first in seventeen years, Robert M. The narrative in which the philosophy is suppose to be realized is hardly a narrative. Indians value Freedom and Equality.


Rather, he argues that each lower-level static pattern is set up in such a way as to support many possible higher-level patterns and the higher-level patterns attain a life and existence of their own that cannot be derived directly from lower-level patterns. Jan 24, Natalie added it Shelves: Pirsig may not be optimistic about the present scene in America.

Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals

This is what struck me as different about this book. He was crazier; he pointed a gun at someone, he won’t say who.

But maybe eventually every iconoclast wants to be accepted. Ich mag zwar die wissenschaftliche Art des Autors, die Welt zu sehen, zu analysieren, zu katalogisieren und zu strukturieren.

I appreciated the attempt, and I feel that his approach is pirsigg worthy addition to the philosophical canon. After a brilliant ‘Zen and art of motorcycle maintenance’, this sequel was just a good one.

She’s not a waif or a femme fatale, but a complicated damaged person and him too. This change is precipitated by her devolving mental faculties. What could this possibly mean?

Pirsig looks at these conflicts through a moral lens. The question quality — values — morals — basically has been banished. In the 13 or so years I have awaited the moment to turn its pages, I had built up quite a different idea of what it was to be about.

May 25, Nick Baker rated it liked it.