Inception and Philosophy: Because It's Never Just a Dream
David Kyle Johnson
John Wiley & Sons, Oct 31, 2011 - Philosophy - 400 pages
A philosophical look at the movie Inception and its brilliant metaphysical puzzles
Is the top still spinning? Was it all a dream? In the world of Christopher Nolan's four-time Academy Award-winning movie, people can share one another's dreams and alter their beliefs and thoughts. Inception is a metaphysical heist film that raises more questions than it answers: Can we know what is real? Can you be held morally responsible for what you do in dreams? What is the nature of dreams, and what do they tell us about the boundaries of "self" and "other"? From Plato to Aristotle and from Descartes to Hume, Inception and Philosophy draws from important philosophical minds to shed new light on the movie's captivating themes, including the one that everyone talks about: did the top fall down (and does it even matter)?
An essential companion for every dedicated Inception fan, this book will enrich your experience of the Inception universe and its complex dreamscape.
Platos Academy Award
Why Nolans Answer
Even If It Is a Dream We Should Still Care
The Unavoidable Dream Problem
Reality Doesnt Really Matter
Do Our Dreams Occur While We Sleep?
Limbo Utopia and the Paradox of Idyllic Hope
Why Care whether the Top Keeps Spinning?
Are They Compatible?
Honor and Redemption in Corporate Espionage
Paradox Dreams and Strange Loops in Inception
A Safe Full of Secrets Hidden