The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real

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William Irwin
Open Court Publishing, 2002 - Performing Arts - 280 pages
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The Matrix conveys the horror of a false world made of nothing but perceptions. Based on the premise that reality is a dream controlled by malevolent forces, it is one of the most overtly philosophical movies ever to come out of Hollywood. These thought-provoking essays by the same team of young philosophers who created The Simpsons and Philosophy discuss different facets of the primary philosophical puzzle of The Matrix: Can we be sure the world is really there, and if not, what should we do about it? Other chapters address issues of religion, lifestyle, pop culture, the Zeitgeist, the nature of mind and matter, and the reality of fiction.
 

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The many faces of Keanu Reeves as hero Neo-Christ, Buddha, Socrates-are explored in these essays on the philosophical implications of the sci-fi martial arts blockbuster The Matrix, collected by the ... Read full review

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Contents

Computers Caves and Oracles Neo and Socrates
5
Skepticism Morality and The Matrix
16
The Matrix Possibility
28
Seeing Believing Touching Truth
41
The Desert of the Real
53
The Metaphysics of The Matrix
55
The MachineMade Ghost Or The Philosophy of Mind Matrix Style
66
NeoMaterialism and the Death of the Subject
75
Virtual Themes
153
Notes from Underground Nihilism and The Matrix
155
Popping a Bitter Pill Existential Authenticity in The Matrix and Nausea
166
The Paradox of Real Response to NeoFiction
178
Real Genre and Virtual Philosophy
188
DeConstructIng The Matrix
203
Penetrating Keanu New Holes but the Same Old Shit
205
The Matrix Marx and the Coppertops Life
216

Fate Freedom and Foreknowledge
87
Down the Rabbit Hole of Ethics and Religion
99
There Is No Spoon A Buddhist Mirror
101
The Religion of The Matrix and the Problems of Pluralism
111
Happiness and Cyphers Choice Is Ignorance Bliss?
126
The Matrix Simulation and the Postmodern Age
225
The Matrix Or The Two Sides of Perversion
240
The Potentials
267
The Oracles Index
273
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WILLIAM IRWIN is Associate Professor of Philosophy at King's College, Pennsylvania. He has published several articles on theory of interpretation and aesthetics, as well as four books, including Intentionalist Interpretation: A Philosophical Explanation and Defense (Greenwood, 1999).

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