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The Metaphysics of Quality

In his famous work, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig offered a unique fusion of on-the-road novel and philosophical discourse. Two decades later, in a sequel titled Lila, Pirsig completed the systematic formulation of the ideas that were sketched in the earlier book. Pirsig pictures Quality as the enduring generator of both facts and values in the universe, a monistic principle that unites “classical” form (Static Quality) and “romantic” innovation (Dynamic Quality). Together, these works offer a philosophy that embraces the Buddhist religious perspective while affirming Western science.
Note: This course does not meet on Monday, November 20.

Instructor Bio:

Stephen Kennamer is a lifelong educator in the humanities who has taught OLLI courses on the anthropology of evil, the existence of moral truth, Freudianism as a gnostic religion, the poetry of Emily Dickinson and John Keats, the novels of Jane Austen, and the meaning of music.

Recommended Reading:

Pirsig, Robert. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values, 1974. Pirsig, Robert. Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals, 1992.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B50 Stephen Kennamer Oct 30, Nov 6, 13, 27, Dec 4, 11 Mo 10:00-11:30 a.m. The R. R. Smith Center A

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