MOQ BOOKS IN PRINT
ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE
By Robert M. Pirsig
The Metaphysics of Quality is a philosophy, a theory about reality.
It asks questions such as what is real, what is good and what is moral,
and it comes up with some surprising conclusions about our lives and existence.
The Metaphysics of Quality is explained in Robert M Pirsig's two books:
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
LILA: An Inquiry into Morals
As the title of Pirsig's first book, suggests, much of the MOQ has
to do with a non-intellectual Zen-like view of the universe.
Yet Pirsig departs from Eastern thinking by arguing that reason and
logic are just as important in seeking understanding.
Pirsig is not the first philosopher to try and bridge the gap between
science and mysticism, however with the MOQ he elevates the whole debate
to a new level by structuring both paradigms round a single concept -- value.
Pirsig throws new light on issues such as mind and matter, the behavior
of particles at the quantum level and the nature of consciousness.
At the social level there is much to say about racial tension, celebrity cults
and mental illness.
There are several essays on the MOQ on this website, but really there is no
substitute for reading LILA if you want to understand it. LILA is widely available
throughout the world and can be purchased
for a few dollars.
By Dan Glover
Regarded by many as the third book of a "Quality Trilogy", Dan Glover's
chronicles an Internet discussion group 'Lilasquad', the original MOQ mailing
list started by Diana McPartlin back in 1997 and centred around Robert M. Pirsig's second novel.
Robert Pirsig provides an Introduction and over a hundred annotations which can be found nowhere else.
GUIDEBOOK TO ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE
By Ronald L. DiSanto and Thomas J. Steel
When Robert M. Pirsig's Zen and the Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance was first
published in 1974, it caused a literary sensation. An entire generation was profoundly affected
bt the story of the narrator and his son, Chris, and their month long motorcycle odyssey
from Minnesota to California.
A combination of philosophical speculation and psychological tension, the book is a complex story of
relationships, values, madness and, eventually, enlightenment.
Ronald DiSanto and Thomas Steele have spent years investigating the background and
underlying symbolism of Robert Pirsig's work. Together, and with the approval of
Robert Pirsig, they have written a fascinating reference/companion to the original.
Guidebook to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
serves as a metaphorical backpack of supplies's for the reader's journey through
the original work. With the background material, insights and perspectives the
authors provide this is required reading for newcomers to the book as well as
those who have returned to it over the years