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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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Transcript of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

and the Art of
Motorcycle Maintenance Summary Presentation By:

Alex Dai
Neel Guha
Lauren Robinson
Jessica Sun Main Philosophical Ideas Meet The Characters: Chautauqua: An adult education movement in the US that became popular in the early 1900s. It is a essentially a large gathering of educated people (teachers, musicians, preachers, etc.) and information is most commonly spread in the form of a lecture.

The narrator uses this word to describe his inquiry into the notion of quality. Narrator: Although he is never given a name, it is implied that the narrator is actually the author, Robert Pirsig. Chris: The narrator's son Phaedrus: The narrator's past self who he refers to in the third person. He is former professor at MSU Bozeman. Romantic vs Classical Classical Romantic What is quality? OR Which has more quality? Quality OR John and Sylvia Sutherland: The narrator's friends who accompany them on motorcycle for the first 9 days of the trip. 17 Days As Modes of Thought - View world in abstractions, explanations, and
underlying form - Ruled by reason, law, and
classification and function of individual parts - Rational - Science, law medicine - Motorcycle maintenance - Sees world in terms of immediate appearance - Inspirational, imaginative, creative, intuitive - Sees whole thing itself rather than abstract categories, parts or classifications - Feelings over facts - Art - John and Sylvia - Narrator - What the narrator aims for, a balance between both - Ultimate Goal *Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is not actually associated with Zen Buddhism. It also has very little information regarding motorcycle maintenance. Define: Quality Real World Connections Thanks for your time! Dictionary.com: grade of excellence
All of the concepts in this book are applicable in the real world. How does a priori relate? OR OR OR The Book definition? There are other concepts within the book that did not make it into main philosophical ideas, but are relevant in the "real world". Grades Gumption Traps
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