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Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals

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. Was this some kind of sell-out? An Inquiry into Morals. And maybe all time. Well, that all depends on how much one values static patterns.

Reflecting on this later, he lilx the whole night to be puzzling: Mar 26, Steven rated it really liked it. While it is not an unsuccessful book, it is in large far less compelling, far less easily understood, and far less magical than ZEN We are experiencing technical difficulties.

He receives electric shock treatments but the ‘treatment’ is no “cure” just a means to an end, liila way of going back into hiding in plain sight.


As Pirsig points out in Lila: Their common argumentative tactic is to say that anything they cannot feed through their little box of linguistic analysis is not philosophy. As in his previous book, the narrative is embedded between rounds of philosophical discussion. This is what struck me as different about this book.

He attempts to help someone else Lila come to grips with her condition as part of this novel. Nothing better has been introduced to replace them. Lila was not what I thought she would be.

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It’s not really sensual except for one scene. An Inquiry Into Values covers many of the same core topics as his other work, including writing, wandering, “value,” and his “metaphysics of Quality.

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Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals by Robert M. Pirsig

The first centers around evolution and morality among the three basic forces: I would have been much more content reading a book solely comprised of Pirsig’s metaphysical rants.

At the same time, he delves into the philosophical foundation of American culture, tracing its roots back to the very beginning of Western Civilization. So, together with updating some Buddhist ideas in the light of modern science, the ultimate benefit of the Metaphysics of Quality is that by removing morals from social convention and placing them on a scientifically-based theory of evolution, it removes much of the cultural subjectivity that is inherent in many ethical beliefs especially religious ones.


Show 25 25 50 All. This attitude is everywhere. The metaphysics of Quality is this new Law, but is no less susceptible to static patterns as the last Law.

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Zen i 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. Robert Pirsig is divided between an intellect which isolates him from others and his desire for authentic connection.

That was what Phaedrus had been looking for. The Metaphysics of Quality combines the four levels of patterns to produce one overall moral framework which has a cosmological evolutionary hierarchy, in which the entity or process that has more freedom on the evolutionary pirsiy — the one that is prsig Dynamic — takes moral precedence.

After that first night, Lila is cast as a biological pattern. I think he must have been one of those writers who had one great book inside him. I found his ideas about insanity really insightful.