Zen and the Art of Science: A Tribute to Robert Pirsig

This article captures the essence of what I have been trying to get across in my latest couple of articles on myth. In particular, it assesses how we can rekindle the divide between reason/emotion, art/science etc.

Many thanks to the mythoslogos blog for this great content.

Original article: https://mythoslogos.org/2017/04/26/zen-and-the-art-of-science-a-tribute-to-robert-pirsig/


Author Robert Pirsig, widely acclaimed for his bestselling books, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974) and Lila (1991), passed away in his home on April 24, 2017. A well-rounded intellectual equally at home in the sciences and the humanities, Pirsig made the case that scientific inquiry, art, and religious experience were all particular forms of knowledge arising out of a broader form of knowledge about the Good or what Pirsig called “Quality.” Yet, although Pirsig’s books were bestsellers, contemporary debates about science and religion are oddly neglectful of Pirsig’s work. So what did Pirsig claim about the common roots of human knowledge, and how do his arguments provide a basis for reconciling science and religion?

Pirsig gradually developed his philosophy as response to a crisis in the foundations of scientific knowledge, a crisis he first encountered while he was pursuing studies in biochemistry. The popular consensus at the…

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