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The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real (Popular Culture and Philosophy) Paperback – August 28, 2002
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Ch.1: Computers, Caves, and Oracles: Neo and Socrates- Compares Plato's allegory of the cave to Neo's journey. An excellent discussion of what it means to lead an examined life and seek the truth. Excellent segue into the red pill/blue pill debate.
Ch.6: The Machine-Made Ghost: Or, The Philosophy of Mind, Matrix Style- Discusses Artificial Intelligence and the nature of the mind.Read more ›
The book is essentially a collection of essays connecting "The Matrix" (and occasionally other films) to the modern school of thinking. As such, it could have used some editing -- the analogy to Descarte's demon allegory is certainly pertinent, but we don't need it explained to us 18 times.
The essays generally fall into two categories -- those which use "The Matrix" as a starting point for serious philosophical debate and those which attempt to apply schools of thought that the filmmakers almost certainly never intended (virtually the entire final segment of the book is like this). The former work very well, the latter do not.
For fans of "The Matrix" who want to examine it as more than just a film but as a question that doesn't really have an answer, this is a great place to start.
While almost all of the essays are good, my two favorite essays were #8: "Fate, Freedom, and Foreknowledge" by Theodore Shick, Jr. and #19: "The Matrix Simulation and the Postmodern Age" by David Weberman. Both were interesting and thought-provoking.
At least two of the essays, though, contain serious flaws. Essay #7: "Neo-Materialism and the Death of the Subject" by Daniel Barwick is seriously flawed in its critique of reductive materialism. The author quotes a passage from Michael Tye noting the difference between experiencing different colors and merely learning what it's like to experience different colors. This passage and the subsequent discussion of it are relevant neither to reductive materialism or to The Matrix. A more relevant situation would be one in which 2 people perceive what they think is a real tree, but only one of them is actually perceiving a real tree while the other is only receiving computer generated electrical signals that give the false perception of a tree, as what differentiates one's perceptions in reality and The Matrix is not the perceptions themselves, but rather the source of those perceptions.Read more ›
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Blue or Red pill?
Blue and you go on as before. Go to work, do your routines, and enjoy your sundays, eating icecream and stroll around, happy. Read more
Fun and it represent a group of ppl that you get excited about their perspective of what you all classify as great movie.Published 18 months ago by mansour alfayez
To even the most casual observer, there is more going on in The Matrix than mere storytelling - its release date over Easter weekend clearly hints at Judeo-Christian themes: Neo as... Read morePublished 21 months ago by doc peterson
i thought the book would discuss more or the matrix I feel like we live in everyday as citizens and do not even know it..Published on October 7, 2013 by SGT Pete
It's kind of disrturbing if you are a imaginary kind of person, can't take you to mind trips you donpt need before you go to bed how ever it's a good lecturePublished on November 25, 2012 by Fausto Sanchez
This book looks at 'The Matrix' and philosophical questions in relation to it. It has a collection of essays by various authors and whilst most of these are very readable and... Read morePublished on February 1, 2011 by Spider Monkey
Read into it what you will: "The Matrix and Philosophy" turns to a gimmicky form by offering a volume on philosophy by employing themes from a blockbuster movie. Read morePublished on December 23, 2009 by Mike Robinson
As a rookie to philosophy who thoroughly enjoyed the Batman and Watchmen entries in this Pop Culture and Philosophy series, I found this particular book to be a less enjoyable... Read morePublished on June 19, 2009 by Jonathan