Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance Essay

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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 physical one and the underlying one that is a state of mind passed down by generations that values rational thought and is furthered by its true adherents. He believed that students’ and faculty’s academic freedoms at Bozeman had been so infringed upon that the true and underlying university had died and that removal of the college’s accreditation would be an accurate reflection of its current state. His ideas on the Church of Reason and what factors contribute to its death are still relevant because of the parallels that can be drawn between the challenges the Church at Bozeman had faced and the ones that many of today’s universities are now facing in the recent uproar of student dissatisfaction regarding diversity.
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