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The Matrix and Philosophy

William Irwin (Ed)
The Matrix and Philosophy

The Matrix and Philosophy

William Irwin (Ed)

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Is the world around us truly as it appears or are we inert bodies in tanks, our brains subjected to electronic stimulation creating a make-believe world of hallucination? The Keanu Reeves cult sci-fi movie, The Matrix, vividly conveyed the excitement and the horror of a fake world made of nothing but perceptions, substituting for a real world of grim despair. Since The Matrix is probably the most overtly philosophical movie ever to have come out of Hollywood it has popularised issues on which philosophers have a lot to say. The Matrix and Philosophy is from the same team of cool, capable, young philosophers who created The Simpsons and Philosophy, which redefined the market for a work by serious philosophers. It has 20 new, thoughtful essays on philosophical problems raised by The Matrix, many of which focus on the issues Can we be sure the world is really there, and if not, what should we do about it? The book also explores other philosophical puzzles including ethical ones like Cypher's decision to choose a pleasurable fake world over a wretched real one.

- Publisher The choice is yours, and you'll have to live with the consequences for at least the rest of your life. Will you take the blue pill-put this book back on the shelf and go on thinking of The Matrix as just a movie? Or will you take the red pill-read this book, and find out just how far down the rabbit-hole goes? Is the world around us truly as it appears or are we inert bodies in tanks, our brains electronically stimulated to create a make-believe world which is all we know? This old philosophical puzzle has become cutting-edge cool with the appearance of the Keanu Reeves cult sci-fi movie, The Matrix. The Matrix is the most philosophical film ever made, every step of its fast-paced plot pivoting on a philosophical conundrum. If the world as we know it is nothing more than our dream, does this make the dream real? If we had the choice to step out of our world into a more real but less pleasant one-to take the red pill-would it be a moral failure not to do so? Why do humans have a value above that of intelligent electronic mechanisms? Can the mind live without the body or the body without the mind? In the Matrix and Philosophy, professional philosophers analyze the Matrix from many angles: metaphysical, epistemological, ethical, and aesthetic. They uncover hidden depths in this intricate work of art, and often reach disturbing conclusions. Those who take the red pill never look at 'the real world' the same way again.

- Publisher One of the most overtly philosophical movies ever to come out of Hollywood, "The Matrix" is based on the premise that reality is a dream controlled by malevolent forces. These thought-provoking essays discuss different facets of the primary philosophical puzzle of the film: Can we be sure the world is really there, and if not, what should we do about it?

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Is the world around us truly as it appears or are we inert bodies in tanks, our brains subjected to electronic stimulation creating a make-believe world of hallucination? The Keanu Reeves cult sci-fi movie, The Matrix, vividly conveyed the excitement and the horror of a fake world made of nothing but perceptions, substituting for a real world of grim despair. Since The Matrix is probably the most overtly philosophical movie ever to have come out of Hollywood it has popularised issues on which philosophers have a lot to say. The Matrix and Philosophy is from the same team of cool, capable, young philosophers who created The Simpsons and Philosophy, which redefined the market for a work by serious philosophers. It has 20 new, thoughtful essays on philosophical problems raised by The Matrix, many of which focus on the issues Can we be sure the world is really there, and if not, what should we do about it? The book also explores other philosophical puzzles including ethical ones like Cypher's decision to choose a pleasurable fake world over a wretched real one.
- Publisher

The choice is yours, and you'll have to live with the consequences for at least the rest of your life. Will you take the blue pill-put this book back on the shelf and go on thinking of The Matrix as just a movie? Or will you take the red pill-read this book, and find out just how far down the rabbit-hole goes? Is the world around us truly as it appears or are we inert bodies in tanks, our brains electronically stimulated to create a make-believe world which is all we know? This old philosophical puzzle has become cutting-edge cool with the appearance of the Keanu Reeves cult sci-fi movie, The Matrix. The Matrix is the most philosophical film ever made, every step of its fast-paced plot pivoting on a philosophical conundrum. If the world as we know it is nothing more than our dream, does this make the dream real? If we had the choice to step out of our world into a more real but less pleasant one-to take the red pill-would it be a moral failure not to do so? Why do humans have a value above that of intelligent electronic mechanisms? Can the mind live without the body or the body without the mind? In the Matrix and Philosophy, professional philosophers analyze the Matrix from many angles: metaphysical, epistemological, ethical, and aesthetic. They uncover hidden depths in this intricate work of art, and often reach disturbing conclusions. Those who take the red pill never look at 'the real world' the same way again.
- Publisher

One of the most overtly philosophical movies ever to come out of Hollywood, "The Matrix" is based on the premise that reality is a dream controlled by malevolent forces. These thought-provoking essays discuss different facets of the primary philosophical puzzle of the film: Can we be sure the world is really there, and if not, what should we do about it?
- Publisher

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  • Catalogue Code 208411
  • Product Code 081269502X
  • EAN 9780812695021
  • Pages 320
  • Department General Books
  • Category Christian Living
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Open Court Publishing Co
  • Publication Date Aug 2002
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 16 mm
  • Weight 0.383kg

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