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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Key insights from Robert M. Pirsig's

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values


Key insights from Robert M. Pirsig's

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

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This personal and philosophical journey examines the nature of quality and how to live well.

What defines a quality existence? How can you live your best possible life? Robert Pirsig explores these questions through a fictionalized autobiography, blending his personal odyssey with his philosophical findings. In this Snapshot, you will learn why the problem of living well is also a problem of knowledge. You will also learn that quality is not a fixed reality, but a way of life.

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Want an approachable introduction to the field of philosophy
  • Are interested in the intersection of personal values and vocation
  • Want to live your best life
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The Problem of Living Well

Robert Pirsig’s inquiry about to live well begins with a simple observation: the growing chasm between human identity and human activity. In a world with unprecedented amounts of wealth and technology, more and more people have the expendable resources to distance themselves from their labor. For instance, if your car breaks down, you can hire a mechanic to fix it. If your company website crashes, you can recruit a developer to improve it. Instead of mending your clothes, you can order new ones from the internet and receive them almost instantly. Many of the...

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