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underlie
used in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

40 uses
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Definition
be or form the base for;
or: lie underneath
  • I was going at it in terms of underlying form.
    Part 1 (58% in)
  • He's on this dimensional difference which underlay much of the cultural changes of the sixties, I think, and is still in the process of reshaping our whole national outlook on things.
    Part 1 (59% in)
  • What you've got here, really, are two realities, one of immediate artistic appearance and one of underlying scientific explanation, and they don't match and they don't fit and they don't really have much of anything to do with one another.
    Part 1 (60% in)
  • In doing so we will be entering Phaedrus' world, the only world he ever knew, in which all understanding is in terms of underlying form.
    Part 1 (74% in)
  • The world of underlying form is an unusual object of discussion because it is actually a mode of discussion itself.
    Part 1 (74% in)
  • You discuss things in terms of their immediate appearance or you discuss them in terms of their underlying form, and when you try to discuss these modes of discussion you get involved in what could be called a platform problem.
    Part 1 (74% in)
  • Previously I was discussing his world of underlying form, or at least the aspect of it called technology, from an external view.
    Part 1 (74% in)
  • Now I think it's right to talk about that world of underlying form from its own point of view.
    Part 1 (74% in)
  • I want to talk about the underlying form of the world of underlying form itself.
    Part 1 (74% in)
  • I want to talk about the underlying form of the world of underlying form itself.
    Part 1 (74% in)
  • In terms of ultimate truth a dichotomy of this sort has little meaning but it is quite legitimate when one is operating within the classic mode used to discover or create a world of underlying form.
    Part 1 (75% in)
  • The terms classic and romantic, as Phaedrus used them, mean the following: A classical understanding sees the world primarily as underlying form itself.
    Part 1 (75% in)
  • But if you were to show the same blueprint or schematic or give the same description to a classical person he might look at it and then become fascinated by it because he sees that within the lines and shapes and symbols is a tremendous richness of underlying form.
    Part 1 (75% in)
  • The classic mode, by contrast, proceeds by reason and by laws...which are themselves underlying forms of thought and behavior.
    Part 1 (75% in)
  • The dirt, the grease, the mastery of underlying form required all give it such a negative romantic appeal that women never go near it.
    Part 1 (76% in)
  • That is another name of the classic platform from which one discusses things in terms of their underlying form.
    Part 1 (79% in)
  • I could go on about which functions occur in their proper sequence during each of the four cycles, then go on to the operatorcontrolled functions and that would be a very summary description of the underlying form of a motorcycle.
    Part 1 (80% in)
  • Only the underlying form is left.
    Part 1 (81% in)
  • The ghost he pursued was the ghost that underlies all of technology, all of modern science, all of Western thought.
    Part 1 (89% in)
  • We are at the classic-romantic barrier now, where on one side we see a cycle as it appears immediately...and this is an important way of seeing it...and where on the other side we can begin to see it as a mechanic does in terms of underlying form...and this is an important way of seeing things too.
    Part 2 (2% in)
  • It's designed to change the underlying form of the machine.
    Part 2 (2% in)
  • But all this can be prevented by a few thousandths of an inch fit which precision measuring instruments give, and this is their classical beauty...not what you see, but what they mean...what they are capable of in terms of control of underlying form.
    Part 2 (4% in)
  • I want to pursue further now that same ghost that Phaedrus pursued...rationality itself, that dull, complex, classical ghost of underlying form.
    Part 2 (11% in)
  • They are looking at underlying form.
    Part 2 (16% in)
  • Lateral truths point to the falseness of axioms and postulates underlying one's existing system of getting at truth.
    Part 2 (29% in)
  • I've been thinking about concepts that underlie it for twenty years," I say.
    Part 2 (82% in)
  • An underlying reason for this trouble was that they saw it from a kind of "groovy dimension" that was concerned with the immediate surface of things whereas I was concerned with the underlying form.
    Part 3 (26% in)
  • An underlying reason for this trouble was that they saw it from a kind of "groovy dimension" that was concerned with the immediate surface of things whereas I was concerned with the underlying form.
    Part 3 (26% in)
  • In terms of our old dichotomy, what's being said is, "Don't base your decisions on romantic surface appeal without considering classical underlying form."
    Part 3 (35% in)
  • So I backed up and shifted to the classic-romantic split that I think underlies the whole humanist-technological problem.
    Part 3 (62% in)
  • I think the basic fault that underlies the problem of stuckness is traditional rationality's insistence upon "objectivity," a doctrine that there is a divided reality of subject and object.
    Part 3 (67% in)
  • Some may argue that the underlying form of the American government is stuck, is incapable of change in response to Quality, but that argument is not to the point.
    Part 3 (69% in)
  • The underlying problems are the same.
    Part 3 (74% in)
  • In each case there's a beautiful way of doing it and an ugly way of doing it, and in arriving at the high-quality, beautiful way of doing it, both an ability to see what "looks good" and an ability to understand the underlying methods to arrive at that "good" are needed.
    Part 3 (74% in)
  • It would tell you how to hold the blade when sharpening the knife, or how to use a sewing machine, or how to mix and apply glue with the presumption that once these underlying methods were applied, "good" would naturally follow.
    Part 3 (74% in)
  • You have to work with the underlying form of the universe too, the laws of nature which, when understood, can make work easier, sickness rarer and famine almost absent.
    Part 3 (75% in)
  • At present we are also snowed under with a lot of stylishness in the arts ... thin art ... because there's very little assimilation or extension into underlying form.
    Part 3 (76% in)
  • Programs of a political nature are important end products of social quality that can be effective only if the underlying structure of social values is right.
    Part 3 (78% in)
  • It's the objectivity, the dualistic way of looking at things underlying technology, that produces the evil.
    Part 4 (34% in)
  • Reason was to be subordinate, logically, to Quality, and he was sure he would find the cause of its not being so back among the ancient Greeks, whose mythos had endowed our culture with the tendency underlying all the evil of our technology, the tendency to do what is "reasonable" even when it isn't any good.
    Part 4 (36% in)

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