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Philosophers Explore The Matrix Hardcover – September 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0195181067 ISBN-10: 0195181069

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195181069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195181067
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,363,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Philosophers Explore The Matrix is of great value to students of philosophy who have already decided to see how far the rabbit hole goes, and, as Grau suggests, want to go a bit deeper. To that end, Philosophers Explore The Matrix is a noteworthy and respectable contribution to philosophy."--The Journal of Value Inquiry


"A broad and diverse collection...the book is a great success."--Alex Bussey Thames Valley University


"Several volumes have emerged since the film was released offering discussions of the philosophical issues that arise out of the film (and its sequels), but Grau's collection is by far the best...fans of the film with an interest in philosophy should without hesitation procure a copy-- Grau's collection features leading contemporary philosophers discussing some of the most exciting issues in philosophy, at a level accessible to any intelligent non-philosopher."-- Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews


"This book is a rare thing: an anthology on a highly popular topic that actually includes many intellectually excellent contributions, and is at the same time engaging and intelligible to the non-academic public."--Ned Block, New York University


"This is an excellent collection by well-known philosophers ...uniformly intelligent, and well-written. The volume constitutes a genuinely excellent route into the subject. Amateurs who enjoyed the movie in part because it got them thinking about deep issues will be challenged by the book, and they will profit considerably from working through it." --Gideon Rosen, Princeton University


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Christopher Grau is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Florida International University.

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Associate Professor of Philosophy at Clemson University. B.A. from New York University, and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Smedes on October 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is undoubtedly one of the best volumes on the philosophical ideas underlying the three Matrix movies.

The book is what was to be expected from Oxford University Press: high quality. Not only are the articles written by well-known philosophers such as James Pryor, Colin McGinn, Hubert Dreyfus, David Chalmers, Andy Clark, and Kevin Warwick (to name just a few), but they are also of outstanding quality. (Besides, unlike many other books, this book deals with all three Matrix films!)

Every article touches on many delicate philosophical (and sometimes religious) aspects of the three Matrix films, but though the philosophy is deep and sometimes counterintuitive, the authors are able to explain the philosophical intricacies with a minimal use of jargon - thus making this a highly accessible volume for a wide audience.

The book also offers (in the Appendix) a selection from the classic philosophical texts that inspired the makers of the Matrix trilogy.

It is a book that makes you really wonder: what if it all were true...? What if the review you are now reading is not really there? What if... If you read this book, you will never watch The Matrix again in the same way. Highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GreenLantern on March 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am a big fan of the Matrix trilogy, and I bought this book on a whim just to see what schooled philosophers had to say about the Matrix. I was really surprised by the quality of the writings in this book. You don't really even need to be a fan of the Matrix to appreciate the thought provoking material contained in this book.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Luis Nakajo on May 15, 2008
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Very few of these books based on popular series have something truly useful and witty to say. This book by OUP is undoubtly one of these. Differently from others, it's not another greedy and shallow explorer of an audience intrigued by the colateral meanings of the trilogy.

The essays are easily read, philosophical thoughts are rendered legible (but not simplified to the point of getting innocuous). It's a very good intro to the most pressing questions of western philosophy, such as knowledge, cognition and even ethics -the very same questions that have been "bothering" men throughout history and have come to a delicate point in post-modern times.

I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael E. Zimmerman on April 21, 2013
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I have used this excellent anthology four times in my Philosophy and Science Fiction course. The essays are very well written, accessible to undergraduates, and wide-ranging in their approaches to The Matrix. A second volume deals with the other two films in the Matrix trilogy. The present volume focuses on the first film. My students respond well to this text. I learned a lot from it, not only about The Matrix, but also about how to tailor complex ideas to undergraduate students.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sindar on September 29, 2012
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This book was required for a Sci-Fi and philosophy class, but it was fairly interesting on its own. I don't know that I'd recommend it unless you need it for a class or really love the Matrix. The copy I recieved was in good condition, fairly sturdy and light so I often brought it with me to class.
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