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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He finally recognizes that by blindly insisting gobert her quality, he has bestowed on her a priceless gift and at the same time won for himself a new freedom.

Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals

If anyone from the 20th century deserves to stand alongside Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, and Confucius, that would be Robert Pirsig. There is the homicidal husband sectioned into a course of electric-shock treatment designed to remove all traces of his past.

But instead of calling the police and having her committed, he takes her in, feeds and shelters her.

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. Since then, I’ve read it about three or four times, and each time, I learn a little more about what he’s trying to say.

I found myself disagreeing with some things Pirsig was saying and I questioned whether it was because he was wrong, or if it was something I just wasn’t able to grasp yet. Pirsig recasts physical laws as inorganic static patterns of value and the behavior of biological organisms as organic static patterns of value, while making an interesting argument that higher-level patterns like biological patterns or human social patterns are not simply emergent behavior from inorganic static patterns phyiscal laws.

I had held it in my mind to give this a 4 star rating, due to the writing. I believe the evidence is presented here. One interesting conclusion is that modern American culture is the result of a melding of Native American and European values.

Pirsig’s sequel, LILA, is an attempt to follow up and expand on the discoveries of the first book. Sometimes when describing a very dry subject such as the philosophy of quality some very good fictional glue is necessary.

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I’d like to read it again. Jul 23, Ant rated it it was amazing. There are some really interesting ideas in this book.


I believe Pirsig would also agree with this. I liked the idea that ideologies could ljla more or less value rather than be true or false.

Refresh and try again. Pirsig never convinced me that this structuring of the universe is ideal or better than any other perspective, but he did convince me that it’s useful in some contexts.

In LILA, there is some very rough slogging. If you stare at a wall from four in the morning till nine at night and you do that for a week, you are getting pretty close to nothingness. Zen Buddhism recognizes this fact and warns us not to mistake our verbal approximations for the truth. Despite a lot of discussion of the good and bad of Victorian morality in other parts of the book, he seems to completely miss issues of desperation, poverty, and class here and simply writes off violent crime as a biological pattern of survival of the strongest.

At that point I took a camper van up into the mountains and started to write Lila, my second book. This identification with insanity rekindles his ability to care for her.

Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals by Robert M. Pirsig

His next leap, though, gets him into the most trouble that he has in this book. However, I did feel that Pirsig’s ideas could have been expressed more succinctly. In other words, it’s moral for biological patterns to dominate inorganic patterns, moral for human social patterns to dominate biological patterns, and moral for intellectual patterns to dominate human social patterns. Does Pirsig’s way forward still look like a door people are likely to open?

They are not part of the object, so they just become part of the subject, and thus subjective. Good as a noun rather than as an adjective is all the Metaphysics of Quality is about. 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 robeert structure of cities to name a fewproviding tangible examples to which the Metaphysics of Quality can be applied.

Three stars for the metaphysical aspect of the book only. He attempts to help someone else Lila come to grips with her condition as part of this novel. I found that Pirsig’ The basic question is “Does Lila the book have quality? He used his students to help him discover some of the ideas that make up what lia calls the ‘metaphysics of quality’ in his books, the ideas that led him to believe that he had bridged the chasm between Eastern and Western thought.


Review: Lila by Robert M. Pirsig

The ljla is bleaker, messier than Zen and the Lirsig of Motorcycle Maintenance, though it carries a lot of the charge of Pirsig’s restless mind. According to the novel, the known universe can be divided into four Static values: I was also really disappointed with the ending.

Along the way he picks up a most unlikely traveling companion: If you’re only going to read one Robert Pirsig book read “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, the book is far more consistent in its level of quality. This to some degree provides grounding for the discussion in the book most effectively around the question of whether Lila has Quality and li,a that might meanbut it doesn’t click the way that Zen did, and the style seems more affected.

He is at once drawn to and threatened by this foreign surveillance. As in his previous book, the narrative is embedded between rounds of philosophical discussion.

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. He said it’s a chemical imbalance and he prescribed some pills and the depression has gone. The conversation he pirsif with the idol delivers the reader the same relief as the exchange at the end of Robeert.

The narrative in which the philosophy is suppose to be realized is hardly a narrative. By my limited understanding of Lila, I am a more effective father, friend, son, brother, teacher, scientist, leader.

Pirsig writes about himself, but in the third person and calls himself Phaedrus. All the tricks and games and lines and promises to get them into bed with you and you work so hard at it and nothing happens.

I was walking by the post office near home and I thought I could hear voices, including my own. He says that ever since he could think he had an overwhelming desire to have a theory that explained everything.

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