Robert M. Pirsig

Robert M. Pirsig was an American writer and philosopher, best known for his book 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values', published in 1974. The book is a work of philosophical fiction, based on a motorcycle trip he took with his son across the United States, which explores the metaphysics of quality. Pirsig's work has been influential in philosophical and literary circles.


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  1. 1. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    The book is a philosophical novel that explores the protagonist's journey across the United States on a motorcycle with his son, during which he delves into questions about life, philosophy, and the nature of "Quality". The narrative is interspersed with flashbacks to the protagonist's life before the journey, including his time as a university professor and his struggle with mental illness. The book aims to reconcile the dichotomy between classical and romantic understandings of the world, ultimately arguing for a holistic approach that integrates both perspectives.

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