Tag: metaphysics

metaphysics of quality

I should come back to this topic. Am still battling with sankhya and yoga. I will leave you with extracts of Pirsig’ Idea.

The MOQ is a better lens through which to view reality than the traditional dualistic subjective/objective mindset found in the West.


“Quality,” or “value,” cannot be defined because it empirically precedes any intellectual construction of it.

Quality can be broken down into Static and Dynamic (patterned and unpatterned).

Dynamic Quality is the force of change in the universe or the “pre-intellectual cutting edge of reality” because it can be recognized before it can be conceptualised.

Static Quality, in ascending order of morality is divided into:
Inorganic patterns: non-living things
Biological patterns: living things
Social patterns: behaviours, habits, rituals, institutions.
Intellectual patterns: ideas

Evolution as the moral progression of these patterns of value. An intellectual pattern of value overcoming a social one (e.g. Civil Rights) is a moral development because intellect is a higher form of evolution than society, or as John Keating puts it “This is a battle, a war, and the casualties could be your hearts and souls”.