Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Chapter 13 and 14 Summary & Analysis

Robert M. Pirsig
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Chapter 13 and 14 Summary

As they near Bozeman, the Narrator experiences nervousness and a feeling of being haunted in a way similar to what an archeologist opening tombs might feel. He even thinks of turning back. He brings up memories of Phaedrus throwing up from tension. He goes on to develop Phaedrus' concept of the university as a Church of Reason, and speaks of the political tension present on campus during Phaedrus teaching days. He shares that Phaedrus had delivered a speech in defense of academic freedom in which Phaedrus had distinguished between professors viewed as employees of a corporation and professors viewed as keepers of the flame of truth. He characterizes Phaedrus' behavior as good in many ways, but as flawed by its fanatical intensity. He observes that the fanaticism masks a basic lack of faith in the very reason Phaedrus professed to be defending, likening him to...

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