Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance Essay

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    In today’s society, though there is an apparent lack of acknowledgement, it is a principle to be aimed at that one should appreciate all that they possess, both inanimate objects and animate objects. In Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance An inquiry into Values, Robert Pirsig states “We’re in such a hurry most of the time we never get much chance to talk. The result is a kind of endless day-to-day shallowness, a monotony that leaves a person wondering years later where

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    In Robert Pirsig’s autobiographical novel “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, Pirsig shares a real-life experience about a motorcycle journey from Minneapolis to Montana with his son, Chris, and two friends, John and Sylvia. On this trip, they don’t have a precise schedule, but instead they let the uncrowded roads that cars avoid, show them the way. As the bare roads are being traveled upon, the narrator begins to reveal mysterious things about himself, his companions, and his past. The

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    In Robert Pirsig’s semi-autobiographical text Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Pirsig shares a real-life experience about a motorcycle journey from Minneapolis to Montana with his son, Chris, and two friends, John and Sylvia. On this trip, they don’t have a precise schedule, but instead they let the uncrowded roads that cars avoid, show them the way. As the bare roads are being traveled upon, the narrator begins to reveal mysterious things about himself, his companions, and his past. The

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    and has been lost through recent generations. In Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert M. Pirsig, the narrator Phadreus demonstrates how a classical outlook on life can bring about this type of happiness and let one ultimately gain a feeling that is difficult to attain. The classical view on life is similar to the real experiences John Dewey sorts through in his most famous work, Art as an Experience. Dewey describes, through art that humans can get lost in a specific experience

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    depending on the memory submitted. A 22 year-old man looks through his old VHS camcorder and sees himself as a child. While he reminisces the old days, nostalgia creeps in and starts to work its magic. As featured in Pirsig’s novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, “The past exists only in our memories…the present is our only reality” (Pirsig 222). The man is taken aback by how easy it was to be a child in his time period, and starts to dread and wish that things at the present could be simpler

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    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance And Quality Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance as written by Robert Pirsig, focuses on a number of philosophical life values. These values include quality, identity, duality, and Zen. This paper will focus mainly on the subject of quality and the effect dwelling on its definition had on Pirsig. Pirsig has put an incredible amount of thought into defining Quality. Starting just about at the start of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, the

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    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

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    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”

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    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

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    Hemingway, author of The Old Man and The Sea and Robert Pirsig author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance both take a similar metaphorical approach to conveying a tortured soul. A tortured soul has no definition but is seen as a character who is presented with a depressing tone. This character may make reference to a troubled past, while not mentioning a brighter future. Robert from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Santiago from The Old Man and The Sea both exhibit these qualities

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