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Quality Metaphysics

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 construction of it, namely due to the fact that quality (as Pirsig explicitly defines it) exists always as a perceptual experience. The concept is very similar if not the same as the Tao from the Taoist or Zen traditions. Or God. 

Quality can be broken down into 2 forms: static quality patterns (patterned) and dynamic quality (unpatterned).


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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 defines 'Static quality' patterns as everything which can be defined. 


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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):

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