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.
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By Alan Rither on 12-06-03
Be prepared for serious philosophical thinking
With the recent release of "Matrix - Reloaded" I was interested in learning more about the philosophical foundations of the original movie and the writers' deeper messages. This book really has a lot of thoughtful essays by philosophy professors that explore The Matrix from a number of perspectives. Some of the articles are witty and others are too full of technical jargon (like an essay's continual use of the phrase "the big Other" -- whatever that is supposed to mean!) If you enjoyed reading Plato, Kant and Aquinas, you'll love this collection of essays. But if splitting hairs over whether something is representative of existentialism or some other esoteric branch of philosophy reminds you of a required Freshman humanities class, then you won't be able to maintain your concentration to understand what the essayist is trying to say. The premise of the book is good, but the selection of authors could have been better. Overall it was worth the time listening, but it's not for philosophical novices.
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By Daniel on 04-06-03
The Matrix and Philosophy
Some people may find this book "long winded", but I did not. This book may not be for the Matrix fan who liked the movie for the action and kung-fu alone. This book is more for the fan who after seeing The Matrix, asked themselves the same philosophical questions addressed by this book. Is The Matrix possible? Am I dreaming, waiting to be awoke? There are many questions that The Matrix evokes in us who saw the movie not only for it's action sequences and special effects, but also for it's philosophical implications.
I would highly reccommend this book for those with questions and looking for answers.
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