Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals [Robert M. Pirsig] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Seventeen years after the publication of his still-popular road story/philosophical meditation, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Pirsig offers another. 27 Oct Lila is a sequel of sorts to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It’s probably possible to read it on its own, but Pirsig introduces his.

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Out of this and his current work at hand, he describes patterns which to the pirwig are matters of fact, while the ‘subjectivity’ of the viewer may have been reconsidered by inherent social patterns. So lilla it is: This system also explains why laws that prevent individuals from indulging in their unfettered biological desires are moral. 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.

The Metaphysics of Quality makes the same presumption. Occasionally, some of his insights are riveting, as when he explains the real meaning and ramifications of Victorian morality. Alongside that, I say, as he describes that time with some fervour, I guess there was some depression setting in?

He is, he suggests, always in a double bind. Three stars for the metaphysical aspect of the book only. Suddenly, there is the possibility for Lila to have Quality. He hoped Lila would force the ‘metaphysics of quality’ from the New Age shelves piraig the philosophy ones, but that has not happened. So he worked out a new strategy of getting his ideas across. In societies that criminalize rather than attempt to understand mental illness, artists and philosophers may be the first to have the guts to discuss the topic ‘publicly’ or sympathetically.


An Inquiry into Values,which has sold millions piesig copies around the world. Dynamic Quality is pirrsig cutting edge of life that leads to greatness, and it cannot be described or encapsulated.

The interview: Robert Pirsig

Pirsig is clearly going for a similar effect in Lilabut it’s not as successful. You have to muddle through the first kila chapters as Pirsig sets up his assumptions and recounts his key findings from Zen and the Art. This may have been intentional as Phaedrus’s life on the boat makes him a hermit unable to deal his relationship with Pirslg.

Jun 06, Barb Williams rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: And this intellectual capacity does what it is supposed to do.

I was terrified, and curious as to what was coming. Does Lila have quality? Pirsig was treated at a mental institution, the first of lilaa visits.

Reclusion has its discontents, however. His insanity was philosophical deviance, not social. Now he was more isolated than he had been in the insane asylum but there was nothing he could do about it.

However, from the perspective of society they are dangerous and degenerate. I’m giving it 5 out of 5 stars because no matter how many times I read it, it pirsiig makes me think.

Many of his ideas come to him in flashes. He then turns his concept of Quality toward an explanation of the difficulties Western society has had in understanding the values and perspectives of American Indians. Pirdig 06, Dax rated it really liked it Recommends it for: He seems suspicious of the whole experience. Sometimes the insane and the contrarians and the ones who are the closest to suicide are the most valuable people society has.


Basically, it is being an outlier from accepted social and moral paradigms and morals. It is that second book, recently republished, that has prompted him to talk to me now. What followed was the point where he either found enlightenment, or went insane, depending on how you look at it really the root of all the questions in his first book. The president of the university gave a speech, and he contradicted him in the middle of it by shouting: In this way she’d continue to lead a “normal” life, continuing her problem, whatever it was, within conventional cultural limits.

Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals by Robert M. Pirsig

May 25, Nick Baker rated it liked it. She takes the bait and invites him to the dance floor. That doesn’t make the biological model more true than the intellectual model. At the same time, he delves into the philosophical foundation of American culture, tracing its roots back to the very beginning of Western Civilization.

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For unclear reasons, she resists him and takes off with the same acquaintance who had challenged Pirsig earlier in the novel. In Lila, he expands this into a metaphysical framework, which has since come to be called the Metaphysics of Quality [ http: Had higher expectations coming pirsiv zen and the art