Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, dies aged 88

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Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, dies aged 88

Apr 25 2017

Robert M. Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values, died yesterday at age 88.

First published in 1974 by William Morrow, the book was a spectacularly popular philosophy book that was loosely autobiographical, tracing a father-son motorcycle trip and flashbacks to a period in which the author was diagnosed as schizophrenic. Its thesis was that quality is the basis of reality, and that this understanding unifies most East Asian and Western thought. Pirsig called this system of thought the Metaphysics of Quality.

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