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I will not go into spoilers. Phaedrus describes his thoughts on insanity as a culturally-defined condition he does not mention any organic basis for insanity. The This book started out quite promisingly.

She is a visceral being who has been constrained by culture when she needed to be free. Nov 01, Pages Buy. These are deep questions that affect everyone.

In Lila, Pirsig relays that his time in a mental institution was due to his struggle to see the world in his particular way. He told the sane what they wanted to hear and kept his real thoughts to himself.

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 really don’t know how Pirsig manages this. If you’re only going to pirig one Robert Pirsig book read “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, the book is far more consistent in its level of quality.


By my limited understanding of Lila, I am a more effective father, friend, son, brother, teacher, What is quality?

But his valuation is nuanced because of his deepening sense for the importance of static quality. On Christmas Day he was taken to hospital in a catatonic state.

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As his system differs from traditional Western metaphysics by making values the ultimate basis of reality, it should come as no surprise that this has relatively radical consequences for his depiction of reality.

Just as two sides can go before the U. Someone handed me this book and told me who the writer was. Since he is an unreliable narrator, we cannot know whether this is justified.

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He explores the interaction and evolution of these components, which together make up two aspects of the same undefinable whole of “Quality” Tao. But here is an important accompanying insight: As Pirsig points out in Lila: Lila was not what I li,a she would be.

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Non-Platonic texts can be helpful guides in this context. I think LILA is every bit as interesting as ZEN and may be clearer in expressing its central concerns about what makes life good or worthwhile. Pirsig may not be optimistic about the present scene in America. He finally recognizes that by blindly insisting on her quality, he has bestowed on her a priceless gift and at the same time won for himself a new freedom. Pulitzer Prize Nominee for Fiction Unlike his previous book, in which he creates a dichotomy between Classical and Romantic Quality, this book centers on the division of Quality into the Static and the Dynamic.


Pirsigwho lika best known for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. The Metaphysics of Quality requires a transcendence from this animalistic egoism so that we can tether ourselves to social order.

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It’s just that it’s a revelation that quite a few others have had before him. Insane people, however, are unable to function in a static society, a condition that Pirsig has experienced in his past life mentioned in both books as what is commonly called a nervous breakdown.

That in turn has led to all of the inventions that make up our lives in the west. Thereafter Pirsig lived quietly in Maine, emerging notably only to promote a new pirskg of Lila in Especially disappointing considering the crushing and heartbreaking real life ending of the prior book.

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