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Quality – Pirsig says it exists

Posted by tjkuhn on September 26, 2008

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

In the car during my commute to work, I’ve been listening to one of my favorite books (on CD), Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert M. Pirsig. Pirsig, who is arguably the world’s most-read, living philosopher argues through a masterpiece of logic and narrative the following:

1) Quality is real

2) We know what Quality is; not from any cognitive, dualistic, subject-object type of knowing, but rather from pre-cognitive knowing.

3) It is natural to put Quality into the things that we do….it is reality (all that Zen stuff).

He says these things in a very accessible way (especially in recorded form) that makes these concepts very personal and accessible. Whether you agree with everything he says or not is immaterial…they are worth thinking about and considering.

Anyway, I’m alone, tired, over-seas…..and I need to get up to go to the airport super- early. I’ll write more about this soon. It is excellent for any and all to read….especially those who must consider Quality as a concept. Jeeze, I’m jetlagged. Good night all,



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