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Robert Maynard Pirsig Bibliography

- Robert Maynard Pirsig Bibliography Robert Maynard Pirsig was born in Minneapolis on September 6, 1928. After high school Pirsig decided to join the army and from the ages of 18 to 22 served the United States. Once discharged, he decided to study at the University of Minnesota. Here he obtained degrees in philosophy and journalism.(1) Once finished, Pirsig decided to travel to India. He talks about this trip in his book, stating it as a trip that expanded his experience but not his understanding....   [tags: Author, Pirsig, Biography]

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The Meanings and Concepts of Quality in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

- Robert Pirsig is an author who focuses on philosophical works, his most prominent being Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. In this book, Pirsig writes about himself, his multiple personalities, and his son, Chris. The foundation of this book is his relationship with Chris and how he hopes to repair any damages between them. In his book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig explores the meaning and concepts of Quality through the use of chautauquas and various literary techniques....   [tags: Robert Pirsig ]

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Quality Control: Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

- There exists one word that may just be the king of all misused words–the word that, more than any other, is used with complete disregard for and disinterest in its meaning. No, this is not a reference to literally, nor ‘legit,’ however deserving those words are of defense—this word is Quality. Some of the misuse lies in the basic distinction between quality and Quality with a capital ‘Q’, which can be cleared up quite succinctly. Little ‘q’ quality is attached to an object. It is the value of the object from a sum total of the value of the work that was put into it and of its composition....   [tags: attain quality, high quality products]

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Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

- Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values Confronting crises of technological annihilation and personal madness, Robert Pirsig finds each to be a manifestation of a deeper crisis of Reason. In response) he suggests an alternative to our current paradigm of rationality, the "art of motorcycle maintenance." By showing that our understanding and performance derive from our emotional and evaluative commitments, he challenges the cultural commonplace which construes "subjective" states as distortions of "objective" reality....   [tags: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance]

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Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

-   "I suppose if I were a novelist rather than a Chautauqua orator I'd try to 'develop' the characters of John and Sylvia and Chris with action-packed scenes that would also reveal 'inner meanings' of Zen and maybe Art and maybe even Motorcycle Maintenance. That would be quite a novel, but for some reason I don't feel quite up to it. They're friends, not characters, and as Sylvia herself once said, 'I don't like being an object!' So a lot of things we know about one another I'm simply not going into....   [tags: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Essays]

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Self-Discovery in Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

- He was a man in search of himself, a man not willing to follow the human race as it moved drearily on, a man who would not cease in his journey until he knew what truth and quality were. His expedition across American answered his inquiries. In actuality, he provided his own answers, solutions that would provide for the most important of all states: peace of mind. Such is the depth of discovery that a reader will find in Robert Pirsig's masterful innovation, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance....   [tags: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Essays]

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Consilience, by Wilson, Life is a Miracle by Berry and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Pirsig

- The Philosophy of Science in Consilience, by E. O. Wilson, Life is a Miracle by Wendell Berry and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig Introduction The plot where the fields of science, ethics and religion intersect is fertile for study, and the crops it yields often represent the finest harvest of an individualís mind. In our time, modern philosophers of science have tilled this soil and reaped widely differing and important conclusions about the nature of humankind, its relationship to the natural world and the role that science should take in the discernment process....   [tags: Philosophy Term Research Papers]

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Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance

- When speaking of the University, common images that come to mind are the flashes of individual tests, individual essays and most importantly the individual diploma hanging on the wall. There is no notion of the community, and instead the learning process is focused on the individual’s obtainment of knowledge. In Robert Pirsig’s Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Pirsig epitomizes this common notion of a University through his character Phaedrus. Though Phaedrus embodies this idea of learning for oneself, he is unable to reach definite conclusions, grow his ideas nor continue to be a valuable member of society....   [tags: Learning, Knowledge, Education, Intelligence]

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Reconciliation of Western and Eastern Philosophy

- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - The Reconciliation of Western and Eastern Philosophy The differences in Western and Eastern philosophy are marked. Eastern thinking has slowly become “discovered” by the West; meanwhile, the development of Western thought and philosophy has come under close scrutiny by modern and postmodern philosophers and thinkers as being flawed at its core. The German philosopher Martin Heidegger came to the conclusion that “Western philosophy is a great error” (Barrett xi)....   [tags: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance]

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Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance

- Academic achievement was something I took pride in. It was important for me to feel as though I was exceeding the expectations and requirements of the education system I was in. While reading chapter 16 of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values, my viewpoints on academic achievement changed. Now I realize that my previous idea of academic achievement was incorrect. There are many aspects of the current education system that negatively impact student’s development and growth....   [tags: Education, School, Standardized test, Curriculum]

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Effect of Technology on The World

- Effect of Technology on The World To say technology is a function of history or vice versa, one runs immediately into a problem of endogenatity. Irrespective of time, technology pervades culture (even the most primitive) and it is difficult if not impossible to claim that one directly affects the other. From the discovery of fire to the advent of space travel, technology profoundly impresses the world around it, for better of worse. Most recently, society has chosen to fixate mostly on technology’s negative aspects, not because of some fundamental change in the nature of such advances, but because of our inability to understand their workings....   [tags: Papers]

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The Study of Rhetoric

- The Study of Rhetoric Works Cited Missing "The study of rhetoric traditionally has aimed to equip students with an ability to identify problems and issues, to investigate, to interpret, and to communicate results -- whatever the subject matter. These abilities require higher-level thinking, not just skills; analysis and evaluation, not just observation . . . . The study emphasizes strategies and practice rather than a body of facts and contemplation; thus the study of rhetoric aims for social application....   [tags: Papers Essays]

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The Underlying Message

- The Underlying Message Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is not specifically about orthodox Zen Buddhist practice nor does if specifically teaches how to repair a motorcycle. It does, however, dig into the inner structure of the thought process to form a foundation to support any form of logic. This is accomplished by means of a trek through the author’s mind as he recounts his past in attempt to rediscover who he once was. As the author comes to term with his duality, the reader is conditioned to understand the author’s philosophical ideas, which are the underlying beams of his value system....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

- Told by the blurb that we have here "one of the most unique and exciting books in the history of American letters," one bridles both at the grammar of the claim and at its routine excess. The grammar stays irreparable. But I have a hunch that the assertion itself is valid. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values, by Robert M. Pirsig (Morrow), is as willfully awkward as its title. It is densely put together. It lurches, with a deliberate shift of its grave ballast, between fiction and philosophic discourse, between a private memoir and the formulaic impersonality of an engineering or trade journal....   [tags: Philosophy Religion Essays]

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: Gateway to the Great Minds

- Peace of mind isn't at all superficial, really, I expound. It's the whole thing. That which produces it is good Maintenance; that which disturbs it is poor maintenance. What we call workability of the machine is just an objectification of this peace of mind. The ultimate test is always your own serenity. If you don't have this when you start and maintain it while your working, you're likely to build your personal problems right into the machine itself. (Pirsig 146) Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, from which this quote is taken, is a complex story written by Robert Pirsig about a narrator's inquiry into the past intellectual and personal life of the man he once was...   [tags: Philosophy Religion Essays]

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Value Rigidity

- Too often, when individuals encounter life’s challenges with the same rigid approach of the past, they find themselves unable to evaluate their circumstances and discover alternate solutions. Robert Pirsig, in his philosophical novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, defines this concept as value rigidity: Pirsig explores the danger of value rigidity and posits a solution. In order to sever old ways of thinking, one must review previous experiences and evaluate their importance. Through the centuries, novelists and dramatists have probed this concept as they examined the struggles inherent in human life....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Healing Power of Writing

- This hasn't exactly been a banner year so far. I've been working way too hard. I've been sick. I've been dateless for months, feeling dowdy and unattractive, but that's fine because the shock of the last man leaving nearly did me in. I've been oddly disconnected, even writing on autopilot at times, though I don't think anyone's noticed yet. It's as if all the juice has seeped away through the corners of my life, leaving me brittle as a husk. Finally, I woke up one morning and knew I had to figure out what was going on....   [tags: How Education Has Changed My Life]

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Review Of ' Man Should Be More Like An Ubermensch

- Is It True: An idea that is central to the text is that man should revery back to the knightly value system. In short, man should be more like an Ubermensch. This is because the knightly-aristocratic value judgments presuppose a powerful physicality, a flourishing health and those that preserve it through vigorous, free, joyful activity. On the other hand, the priestly value judgments are based on impotence and have a spiritual and poisonous kind of hatred. An example of choosing a more knightly behavior is demonstrated in my figure skating....   [tags: Morality, Value, Intrinsic value, Value theory]

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Technology is Making Us Lazy and Fat

- Over the years and even now technology is making us lazy. Practically every aspect of our life has been surrounded by the use of technology and its advancements. Nowadays, food has become easier to prepare. There’s no need of standing in the kitchen all day anymore. With the convenience of a microwave, it has made our life a little easier. In fact, you can microwave a frozen dinner in just thirty-minutes. Many people have been exposed to the less stressful and convenient way of preparing meals. For these reasons it has resulted and leads us to be lazy and obesity....   [tags: Technology, ]

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Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer

- This book Into The Wild is about how a young man wants to get away from the world. He does escape from society, but ends up dying in the process. The author, Jon Krakauer, does a great job of describing Chris McCandless and his faults. Chris is an intelligent college graduate. He went on a two-year road trip and ended up in Alaska. He didn't have any contact with his parents in all of that time. Krakauer does a great job of interviewing everyone who had anything to do with McCandless from his parents, when he grew up, to the people who found his body in Alaska....   [tags: Into The Wild, Jon Krakauer]

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Ludwig Wittgenstein: Aesthetics and Beauty

- I disagree with Ludwig Wittgenstein when he states that aesthetics “draws one’s attention to certain features, to place things side by side so as to exhibit these features” because of the logic that gives birth to the thoughts that led to this statement. This logic questions the ability of a person to ascertain what “beauty” is, what contains the quality known as “beauty”, and the levels of beauty and how they can be measured and compared. Wittgenstein uses the metaphor of games to illustrate his points regarding aesthetics and beauty....   [tags: Ludwig Wittgenstein]

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World Wide Creativity

- World Wide Creativity What comes to mind upon hearing "hacker" or "geek?" In many cases, one will envision a male in his late teens who wears dark clothes, is antisocial, sits in front of a computer screen, and breaks into computer systems illegally. While such people do exist, they are more accurately called "script kiddies" or, depending on severity of infraction, "crackers." Hackers, in the general sense, merely enjoy "the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming or circumventing limitations" ("Hacker")....   [tags: Geeks Computers Internet Essays]

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Life and Works

- Life and Works Who is Leonardo Da Vinci. Leonardo had a keen eye and quick mind that led him to make important scientific discoveries, yet he never published his ideas. He was a gentle vegetarian who loved animals and despised war, yet he worked as a military engineer to invent advanced and deadly weapons. He was one of the greatest painters of the Italian Renaissance, yet he left only a handful of completed paintings. It may seem unusual to include Leonardo da Vinci in a list of paleontologists and evolutionary biologists....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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