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    DescriptionThis new edition of "Lila: An Inquiry into Morals" is revised and expanded by Robert M. Pirsig, author of "Zen and the Art of the Motorcycle Maintenance". "Zen and the Art of the Motorcycle Maintenance", Robert M. Pirsig's worldwide bestseller, holds a unique and unforgettable place in modern Western literature. Now in "Lila", he brings us a new voyage, a poignant journey and a passionate philosophical exploration. Phaedrus - a character familiar to readers of "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" - is sailing down the Hudson River when he meets Lila Blewitt, an unapologetically sexual, psychologically unstable woman whom a mutual friend warns him against. But Phaedrus is drawn to her physically, and interested in her intellectually, finding her "a culture of one" in whom he discerns an unexpected "Quality". Sailing with him to Manhattan, where her mental state deteriorates further, Lila prompts Phaedrus to explore conflicts of values, such as those between Native Americans and Europeans, or between the insane and the normal. Finally, after years of struggling, he formulates his "Metaphysics of Quality", which offer a system of understanding - and evaluating - actions according to a hierarchy of four evolutionary realms (natural, biological, social and intellectual). Lila remains elusive to Phaedrus' penetrating intellect, and her destiny remains a mystery, but Pirsig's wide-ranging philosophical explorations will provoke and engage readers in the memorable experience of pursuing the journey started by Pirsig in the 1970s to its final end.


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    Title
    Lila
    Subtitle
    An Inquiry into Morals
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert Pirsig
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 476
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 310 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781846880117
    ISBN 10: 1846880114
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    DC22: 813.54
    BISAC V2.8: NON000000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 22500
    Edition
    Revised
    Edition statement
    Revised edition
    Publisher
    Alma Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Alma Books Ltd
    Publication date
    14 August 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Surrey
    Author Information
    Rumors have been flying around for quite a while that Pirsig committed suicide. He did not. He is currently staying out of the limelight and working on various projects.
    Review quote
    "'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. 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' Robert M. Pirsig"