- Pirsig, Robert
- Archive of correspondence with Anthony McWatt and related papers
- ink on paper
ii) Five lever-arch folders labelled "Pirsig Correspondence Jan 1993 - [Dec 2002]", containing print-outs of email correspondence between Pirsig and McWatt (principally 2000-2002), photocopies of Pirsig's letters to McWatt, retained copies of McWatt's letters to Pirsig, correspondence (mostly photocopies) between McWatt and other researchers working on Pirsig's philosophy, and research papers
iii) Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. London, 1974, 8vo, dust-jacket, inscribed by the author to Anthony McWatt; another copy, New York, 1999, similarly inscribed; other material sent by Pirsig to McWatt including audio cassettes, CDs, and research material
iv) Anthony McWatt, research notes, theses, lecture notes, including a draft MA thesis, bound copy of doctoral thesis (A Critical Analysis of Robert Pirsig's Metaphysics of Quality, Liverpool, 2004), notes for a series of lectures on Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, photocopies, and copies of other correspondence relating to Pirsig, housed in two folders, one lever-arch file, and one bound volume
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Anthony McWatt comes closer than anyone to being a dharma successor of my own work on the Metaphysics of Quality. By ‘dharma’ is meant a duty that transcends one’s own personal self. It was this sense of dharma that made me write Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance over a period of four years when no one, including myself, thought it would ever be published. I think it’s this same sense that has caused McWatt to study for so many years to produce this clarification and expansion. He has been so painstaking here because he’s not just trying to entertain you or instruct you with philosophic details. His purpose here is to permanently enlarge and improve understanding at the most general levels of philosophic comprehension. The Metaphysics of Quality is a radically different way of understanding the universe but, as McWatt makes it clear in this treatise, its conclusions are not necessarily untrue.
-Robert Pirsig, 2002