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Author: Robert M. Pirsig
ISBN: 0553299611
Language: English
Category: Philosophy
Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (December 1, 1992)
Rating: 4.3
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Home Robert M. Pirsig Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals. The author wishes to give special thanks to the Guggenheim Foundation for the grant under which this book was written. Part One. 1. Lila didn’t know he was here.

Home Robert M. Lila an inquiry into mo. .Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals, . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45. Lila. She was sound asleep, apparently in some fearful dream.

Lila: An Inquiry into Morals (1991) is the second philosophical novel by Robert M. Pirsig, who is best known for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Lila: An Inquiry into Morals was a nominated finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992. This l story takes place in the autumn as the author sails his boat down the Hudson River

Lila: An Inquiry Into Mo.has been added to your Cart. When Lila’s eyes opened in a hung-over daze she’d look into the features of a gray-haired man she wouldn’t even remember-someone she met in a bar the previous night

Lila: An Inquiry Into Mo. When Lila’s eyes opened in a hung-over daze she’d look into the features of a gray-haired man she wouldn’t even remember-someone she met in a bar the previous night. Her nausea and headache might produce some remorse and self-contempt but not much, he thought-she’d been through this many times-and she’d slowly try to figure out how to return to whatever life she’d been leading before she met this one.

In Lila Robert M. Pirsig has crafted a unique work of adventure and ideas that examines the essential issues of the . His second book, "Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals," is a much more difficult read. Pirsig has crafted a unique work of adventure and ideas that examines the essential issues of the nineties as his previous classic did the seventies. Robert Pirsig is a certified genius; his . at age 9 was 170. I read his first book, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," back in the 1970s when it was released, and found that, much to my surprise, I enjoyed the philosophy presented in it as much as I enjoyed the story.

Главная Книги Пирсиг Роберт М Lila. He hoped to stay there until he had some kind of plan for a book sketched out. So he said goodbye for a while and drove from the hot plains up into the Rocky Mountains near Bozeman. At the college there, now a university, he took out the best books he could find on anthropology, then drove up to an old remote campground near the timberline and settled down to do some reading. It felt good to be back in the stunted pines and wild flowers and chilly nights and hot days again. He enjoyed the ritual of getting up in the morning in the freezing camper, turning on the heat, and then going for a jog.

A generous book, musical in its prose and expansive in its structure and range, about growing older and the essential nature of love. The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday). For a smart melding of realism and allegory that combines the violence of slavery and the drama of escape in a myth that speaks to contemporary America. The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press).

An Inquiry Into Morals. There may be controversy. But if people are still reading these two books a hundred years from now, I predict Lila will be the one they consider the more important. Author: Robert Pirsig. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was like a first child. Maybe that will always be the best-loved one. But this second child is the bright one. I think a lot of people will argue with some of the ideas in Lila.

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Lila: an inquiry into morals. Pirsig's newest work continues in the same philosophical vein as his earlier books, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance ( LJ 10/15/74) and Guide book to "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle.

The author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance examines life's essential issues as he recounts the journey down the Hudson River in a sailboat of his philosopher-narrator Phaedrus.
Comments (7)
I tried this book because I liked the Mage the ascension line (game books which deal with alternate realities, paradox, etc.) and the authors noted that Pirsig's books influenced them. I figured the Zen book was about using a trip/motorcycles as a metaphor for life or something but since this one mentioned morality (which also interests me), I figured that I'd start here. Here are my problems with the book...
1.As someone noted in another review, you shouldn't read this book without reading "zen" first. I figured that this book would cover completely different ground but apparently it just continues on with subjects that were discussed in the zen book so you may get lost starting here.
2.On paging through a sample version of the book I saw notes about Indian/Native American spirituality, Victorians, science, morality, and so forth and thought this is the kind of book that I would really like. The section on Indians mostly involves whining about anthropologists. The parts about Victorians blame them, religions in general and the field of traditional morality for every wrong in life. Victorians take the blame for the massacre of Native Americans, the world wars, and pretty much everything else.
3.If you're looking for what Pirsig refers to as social-biological morality with rights and wrongs and "civilized behavior" this is only really useful if you want an opposing viewpoint. according to the book, social morality is a waste of time and based on Victorian points of view and anyone who doesn't hate Victorians and their moral codes is an extremist right winger, a religious fundamentalist or stupid.
4.a point that annoyed me at first is that either the author or character seems to be an extreme hypocrite. He complains about anthropologists arguing over the meaning of a simple word then does it himself. He puts down others for not thinking as they do and then he does it himself. He says at first that quality can't be defined then gets upset when no one understands what it is. He saves himself however by noting these flaws and lessens the hypocrisy.
5.The character of Phaedrus (what Midwesterner is named Phaedrus?, I think he might have explained that though) is extremely unlikeable although the author seems to know it and comments on it.
6.Much of the story is a waste of time. The main character picks up a barfly then the author rants about anthropologists for an endless amount of time before talking about his card catalogue system and process of writing. Eventually the barfly Lila wakes up then the author talks about science for awhile. A few chapters later they have breakfast.
7.Grammar. I'll admit my grammar sucks and part of my problem reading this book is because sometimes when the author is talking about metaphysics (for example) he is referring to the main character's book "Metaphysics of quality" and so on. In other cases he is giving new meaning to other words (like quality) which the reader already has a definition for (that is completely different from Pirsig's). Plus, although I hadn't read the previous book and reading it might've made this one easier to process, sentences like: "writing a metaphysics is a degenerate activity" is a little jarring. How about "writing ABOUT metaphysics is a degenerate activity"?
8.Other reviewers have complained about a key idea: that Pirsig's morality seems to be mostly about psychological advancement (in a way). Basically, if you had to save either an "evil" mad scientist (although calling him evil just because he wants to kill people is wrong and is a Victorian viewpoint) OR some children with little potential for higher advancement, the "moral" thing to do is to save the scientist because his thoughts are more valuable and evolved even if he is homicidal. (The fact that the scientist may do more harm than "good" and that social morality may lead him to more productive/ evolved discoveries is unimportant. Social morality/ control is wrong/ Victorian).
When dealing with his ideas and many of the complaints about Pirsig personally, I think maybe people are judging the author when he might just be throwing out hypothetical ideas. Given the choice, he may still do the "socially moral" thing... save the children. The character of Phaedrus also may have parts of Pirsig in him but that doesn't mean that they are the same.... Overall, I say I'd keep the book because it discusses ideas (even if I don't agree with them all) but because I strongly disagree with many ideas and the "story" itself is almost nonexistent, I don't see myself reading it again. If anything I'll refer back to the dog eared pages. In short: its something to get you thinking and create a discussion. If that's not what you are looking for, don't bother with this book!
What a tortured book. I can no longer remember the details of "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," but it influenced me greatly, not only because of its orientation towards meditation, of which I knew nothing when I read it, but also because it helped launch me into working with my hands and I eventually became a skill mechanic, electrician, house builder, organic gardener etc., lending most of my skills to building friends' homesteads, co-ops, and meditation centers, along with keeping my many vehicles and those of old lady's and of many others living on my street running. I know well what it means to have life simple and clear when there are tools in my hands. I also remember being touched by the relationship between the protagonist and his son.

Whatever it was that so influenced me I find little of in Pirsig's sequel. The most telling point is the hero, Phaedrus', inability to carry on simple conversations with the Native Americans he so puts on a philosophic pedestal. Phaedrus, the protagonist, talks of quality and substance but the radical empiricism of Wm James that he so idolizes would hold him at fault because he seems incapable of simple human intercourse where, in my understanding, real quality lies. Quality and substance then merely become the rationalizations of a man who does not know how to interact with others. That failing was an aspect of the culture of the College of the University of Chicago in the later Hutchins' period. Pirsig proceeded me by about a half a dozen years. In those intellectual salad days we related via Socrates and sat in awe of Richard McKeon's transcendence of Aristotle. I can still mouth the words although I am not now sure of their meanings. That life was an interpersonal dead end for me and my fellow students whose minds were turned on but who did not know how to live in a world that was getting more and more conventional and was soon to become revolutionary. Pirsig's new book epitomizes our failings and rails against the world we did not have the personal resources to negotiate. Thus woven through the book's narrative is a morphing of Pirsig's own limitations into caustic criticism of the people and society around him. The lack of quality he attributes to others is merely a rationale for someone who would rather live in his analysis than in the reality around him. If you can't talk to the natives you will never understand what their lives are and what they mean. So then you can either praise or demonize them. It is all in your head and, I suppose, makes you feel better.

I don't know what the author's experiences were in the nut house. If his being there was real and not a narrative device, then I have sympathy for him. Mumbling mad folk who Reagan drove out onto the streets have it all worked out in their heads---but unfortunately it is both painful and sometimes self destructive. Although I have never been able to shake the influence of the University of Chicago, I have worked hard at overcoming its shortfalls. I still use my mind---in fact made my living teaching, but in the class room, I needed to discover love and connection in order to make the wonderful creations of my mind meaningful to my students. Without that teaching was sterile. Pirsig seems stuck back in the dialogue that made the Hutchins College work. He never seems to have developed the connection with others which is needed to bring that dialogue into life. The interesting parts of "Lila" are Lila and I wished more of her and less internal dialogue. The hero does take comfort in nature but at the end his freedom is the false freedom of solipsism. With no obligations there is little humanity. It is sad and certainly misses what meditation aims toward.

Charlie Fisher, author of
Dismantling Discontent: Buddha's Way Through Darwin's World