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The story of Lila

Lila: An Inquiry into Morals (1991) is a continuation of Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974). Phaedrus, the author's alter ego, spends his days on a boat wo...

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Lila

Lila

by Robert Pirsig

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Metaphysics

Represents a collection of the most general statements of the hierarchy of thought. What Aristotel called the first philosophy. It deals with questions like:

  • Are the obj...

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Quality Metaphysics

Pirsig postulates that everything that exists can be assumed to be a value or quality. "Quality" or "value" cannot be defined because it empirically precedes any intellectual const...

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ROBERT PIRSIG

Value is not a subspecies of substance.

Substance is a subspecies of value.

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Dynamic quality cannot be defined. It can only be understood intellectually through the use of analogy.

When an aspect of Quality becomes repeated, it becomes static. Pirsig ...

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Dynamic Quality is the pre-intellectual cutting edge of reality, the source of all things, completely simple and always new.

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Without Dynamic Quality, the organism cannot grow.

Without Static Quality, the organism cannot last.

Both are needed.

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Pirsig then divides static quality into inorganic, biological, social, and intellectual patterns, in ascending order of morality (based on evolutionary order):

  • Inorg...

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Ideas are patterns of value. They are at a higher level of evolution than social patterns of value.

Just as it is more moral for a doctor to kill a germ than a patient, so

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In the book, the main character had his ideas written down on slips of paper. As he recalls "the main purpose of the slips was not to help him remember. It was to help him forget it."

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