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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His mind went over this many times. A t 78, Robert Pirsig, probably the most widely read philosopher alive, can look back on many ideas of himself. This desire to be incorporated in a philosophy canon seems odd anyhow, since the power of Pirsig’s books lie in their dynamic personal quest for value, rather than any fixed statement of it. There seemed to be some sort of logical leap at the end though that jumped from the intellectual pattern being subservient to the mystic pattern which I think he equated with full dynamic quality.

But what difference will it make?

Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals

This book started out quite promisingly. Pirsig is far-ranging in what he puts forward.

He sets off on a journey with a companion he initially cannot relate to. 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.

Review: Lila by Robert M. Pirsig

Pirsig starts the book telling us about the book he was trying to write. I already felt, from other readings, that mysticism is poorly understood and therefore frequently misunderstood or ignored in Western Christian philosophy; Pirsig’s unusual approach to mysticism is, I think, clearer and more easily digestible than the religious explanations I’ve more often heard and therefore valuable as another way of describing a technique and mindset that’s quite difficult to describe adequately.


It may be a bit early to fully judge Lila. There are pockets of thought scattered throughout, but all connect to one main theme — the overriding, value-laden importance Robertt. In other words, this example doesn’t, to me, show ribert quality is a more fundamental aspect of the universe than the stove or the man; it shows me that we have biological overrides that trigger before intellectual models.

He’s just discovered YouTube. Feb 29, Julie rated it liked it. It is quite amazing the grace and politeness in which he presents his theory a Law, reallywhile in the full knowledge that he is in possession of the very things the great traditions urge to obtain. Jun 06, Barb Williams rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I really don’t know how Pirsig manages this.

Sep 18, James rated it really liked it. They travel down the river together. He receives electric shock treatments but the ‘treatment’ is no “cure” just a means to an end, a way of going back into hiding in plain sight. 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.

He divides these values into four sets of static patterns inorganic, biological, social, and intellectual that form the basic structure of the world and of human society, and into something that he calls Dynamic Quality, which is the force of change or breaking down of static patterns and is identified with religious mysticism, society-changing technological development, cutting edge science, or life-changing personal growth.

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What could this possibly mean?

In Pirsig fashion, let me zoom out from the gripping storyline and get into the metaphysical. This is what struck me as different about this book. Along the way he picks up a most unlikely traveling companion: The question quality — values — morals — basically has been banished. When Katagiri gave Chris’s funeral address tears were just running down his face. A nurse started to cry because she knew dobert his wife had divorced him while he had been in hospital.

Authentic relation plucks him out of isolation and returns him to the wholeness of Quality.

Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals by Robert M. Pirsig

Nov 06, Pages Buy. Anytime the lower levels of Quality impinge on the higher levels of Quality, that is an immoral act.

It has permeated science and all disciplines that aspire to emulate science. The mysterious girl or the boat journey doesn’t give a powerful rohert as a cross-country motorcycle journey. I had a history of mental illness, and I thought: Both the individual and social prongs are necessary. It made him less honest and it made him more of a conformist to the current cultural status quo but llia is what everyone really wanted. There is the nine-year-old-boy with the off-the-scale IQ oftrying to work out how to connect with his classmates in Minnesota.

The author wrote in the disembodied Phaedrus persona and seemed more robotic than anything orbert. Shortly after noting this, he raises a conversation he had with Lila to assert her condescension: