I have read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" and I am about to finish "Lila" by Robert M. Pirsig. In these books, Pirsig talks about his new kind of metaphysics, based on Value or Quality. He wants to break free from the object-subject dualism, which is the dominant theory of our time. Pirsig notices how many aspects of reality are lost in this dualism. Therefore he proposes to start from Quality as the source of everything. You shouldn't read too much philosophical crazy talk in this statement, cause Pirsig at one point compairs this as the difference between looking at a standard worldmap and one which has the North pole in the center. Quality manifests in four different levels: the anorganic, the organic, the social and the intellectual. This is also the moral order. Inside each level, there is static and Dynamic Quality. Static quality is that which is considered good and hasn't changed for a while. Example: it is good to eat, cause otherwise you die (organic level - good) Dynamic Quality is the undefinable Quality which allows evolution of values. An example is inspiration. Everything that pulls you out of the normal patterns, is Dynamic. This doesn't mean you can't crash and burn. The Metafysics of Quality sheds new light on ancient problems like body-mind, free will-determinism, good-evil and what not. Since the first book is an international best seller, I am curious as to how this theory has influenced philosophy and what the individual members think about it.