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    DescriptionPhaedrus - 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 oneA" in whom he discerns an unexpected QualityA". 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 QualityA", which offers 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's penetrating intellect, and her destiny remains a mystery, but Pirsig's wideranging 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
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert Pirsig
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 443
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 338 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781846881541
    ISBN 10: 1846881544
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    DC22: FIC, 813.54
    BISAC V2.8: NON000000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Publisher
    Alma Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Alma Books Ltd
    Publication date
    05 September 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Surrey
    Author Information
    Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Robert M. Pirsig has achieved world fame and classic status for his iconic book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values. This was followed, seventeen years later, by Lila: An Inquiry into Morals, an updated version of which was published by Alma in 2006.
    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