Robert Pirsig's Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: Analysis

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In the autobiographical novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values, Robert Pirsig relates his journey of self-discovery and his exploration into a multitude of philosophical questions by recounting his interpersonal interactions during a cross-country trip in present while recalling memories of his past self. His past self, whom he refers to as Pheadrus, once taught at the Montana State University in Bozeman. This experience was significant to Pheadrus’s philosophical expedition and personal development because it is where he first began developing his thoughts of the concept of Quality and continued to analyze the concept of rationality. He develops the notion that a university can be seen as two entities: the …show more content…
That college programs, academic freedom, and professors’ opinions should all be tailored to satisfy the qualms that social justice minded students and faculty may have. Unlike the situation that the character of Phaedrus experienced in which pressure on the university came from those who had legal power over the physical university, the pressure now comes from the students and faculty of the psychical university that have denounced the real university in favor of the university as a corporation. Although the quest to eliminate bias and maximize student comfortability of a university campus is perfectly laudable and should strived for, and should be pursued with critical thought on the matter and not wild abandon. The current implementations of this effort and demands made over the last several months in universities across the nation forsake the university as a Church of …show more content…
One such demand is that faculty should now be hired and fired based on criteria like race to maintain some minimum level of diversity, without racial bias against certain groups in the hiring process having to be proven to exist in the first place. This diverts critical thought and discussion from the merits of different professors and how they can further the university’s core values onto how to the college will achieve certain percentages of ethnic groups among faculty without having to fire many existing members or cutting departments too severely to accommodate for the influx of new faculty members. Another common demand of social justice student groups is a formal apology from the administration on behalf of the entire university for not serving marginalized students properly, along with the formal acknowledgment of the various narratives championed by these groups (such as the existence cis-white-male privilege on campus and that it is the college’s duty to make sure students feel safe and not oppressed at cost of restricting speech). This demand is often made on the grounds that several individuals have perceived unfair treatment in a he

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