Dr. Anthony McWatt, PhD was the first person in the world to receive a PhD in Robert Pirsig’s Metaphysics of Quality (MOQ) and is the administrator for the official Robert Pirsig website and associated social media pages.
His PhD thesis, A Critical Analysis of Robert Pirsig’s Metaphysics of Quality (2004) provides a critical synopsis of the MOQ that furnishes an overview of the system and attempts to locate its philosophical heritage with respect to the traditional academic philosophy of the West and the traditional, more mystical philosophy of East Asia. His follow-up publication, The MOQ Textbook: An Introduction to Robert Pirsig’s Metaphysics of Quality (2005), written largely with the philosophy under-graduate in mind, takes a wider remit and tends to cover many metaphysical issues related to the MOQ not explored elsewhere.
Dr McWatt also has a strong interest in fine art, music, the social sciences, architecture and physics. His debut documentary film “On The Road with Robert Pirsig” was premiered in Liverpool & Minneapolis in 2009 and has been screened occasionally throughout the UK and the US since then. Currently based in Liverpool, his company MOQ Media publishes MOQ-related books and films and he is available for lectures and speaking engagements related to Robert Pirsig’s work and philosophy.
“Anthony McWatt comes closer than anyone to being a dharma successor of my own work on the Metaphysics of Quality.”
–Robert Pirsig, 2003