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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It’s good for testing the truth of what you think you know, but it can’t tell you where you ought to go. The author wrote in the disembodied Phaedrus persona and seemed more robotic than anything e Had higher expectations coming from zen and the art He was committed by a court and underwent comprehensive shock treatment of the kind described by Ken Kesey in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

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An Inquiry into Morals ‘ “. There is the homicidal husband sectioned into a pirsjg of electric-shock treatment designed to remove all traces of his past.

In the first chapter, Pirsig introduces both Lila the person and lila the idea: I wonder whether his pidsig is just a post hoc rationalization without any real merit. This is the way he puts it: It started out of a little essay. Pirsig also dives into Native American culture and explains that it is more a part of current American culture than we think.

Feb 13, Brett rated it liked it Shelves: Between too much static and too much dynamic. Lila progresses as follows: The ideas and the hierarchy is solid enough an After a brilliant ‘Zen and art of motorcycle maintenance’, this sequel was just a good one.


Pirsig somehow is interested in the pirsif of ideas in a way that I am not, and spent most of Lila further developing the stystematic philosophy that he had begun in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Pain disappeared, cigarettes pirdig down in my fingers There was no way he was going to make any contribution to anthropology with his non-credentials and crazy ideas.

As Lila becomes more unstable, Pirsig is better able to connect with her. This attitude is everywhere.

Another surprise; what made me think he would be discussing a completely new idea? Pirsig states that until the end of the Victorian erasocial patterns dominated the conduct of members of the American culture.

Mar 11, Emily C rated it liked it. It’s good for seeing where you’ve been.

Because Dynamic Quality is indefinable, the novel discusses the interactions between the four Static values and the Static values themselves. 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. An Inquiry into Morals is the second philosophical novel by Robert M. Part of the compulsion of that book, which has sold more than five million copies, is the sense of autobiographical mysteries that remain unexplained.

May 23, Harish Venkatesan rated it it was amazing.

His insanity was philosophical deviance, not social. He is, he suggests, always in a double bind.

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Too much Static Quality leads to stagnation. The book is bleaker, messier than Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, though it carries a lot of the charge of Pirsig’s restless mind. Certain others I question the manner in which he comes to his conclusions.

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. Response to Quality as desire for truth, creative expression and inspiration Pirsig discusses how all of these levels of Quality are actually in conflict with each other. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals

If there must be a comparison, it is Lila over Zen. In the end, even the superficial purpose of the meeting is rendered meaningless as the narrator gives Redford permission to go ahead while privately noting that he can always reverse his decision later.

As a young man – he was at university at 15 studying chemistry – he thought the answer might lie in science, but he quickly lost that faith. While Pirsig’s narrator tries to marry the spirit of the Buddha with western consumerism, discovers the godhead in his toolkit, and ;irsig a sense of purposive quality independent of subjects and objects, he also constructs a fragmentary picture of his own past.

But his valuation is nuanced because of his deepening sense for the importance of static quality. Someone handed me this book and told me who the writer was.

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I’ve also wondered if Zen was simply more appealing to me because I love motorcycles and was able to instantly connect with that aspect of the book, whereas Lila lia and their story didn’t really engage me in any way. But I was resolving things in Lila; the sadness pirsg the past, and particularly Chris’s death, is there.

She is a visceral being who has been constrained by culture when she needed to be free.