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Jakość i natchnienie w Zen i sztuka obsługi motocykla. Rozprawa o wartościach Roberta M. Pirsiga

Jarosław Płuciennik

Quality and Inspiration in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M. Pirsig

The article discusses basic types of the concept of quality in the novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M. Pirsig. These concepts refer to various conceptual domains, and thus create diversified types of rhetoric. All the types of rhetoric concern discovering and awakening individuality. The quality of education at the university or on the motorcycle has to reach all possible levels of the great chain of being, it cannot refer just to abstraction. Conceptual diversification means diversification of rhetoric and style, which may correspond to Pirsig’s various levels of quality. In this sense his metaphysics of quality fits the current disputes over the crisis of the humanities and the need to make them more reasonable, more practical and used more responsibly in social terms. Metaphysics of quality uses the rhetoric of the conceptual schema of the road, inclusion and container.