The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real (Popular Culture and Philosophy Vol. 3)

The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real (Popular Culture and Philosophy Vol. 3)

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by William Irwin
     
 

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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

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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 youthful philosophers who gave us The Simpsons and Philosophy return with more serious fun. In this thought-provoking book, they use the cult film The Matrix as a springboard into speculation about the nature of being. Is reality, they ask, merely a dream or a construction crafted by malevolent forces? Are our perceptions just reflections in a hall of mirrors? Hip inquiries.

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ISBN-13:
9780812695021
Publisher:
Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Series:
Popular Culture and Philosophy Series
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
692,196
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real (Popular Culture and Philosophy Vol. 3) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think everyone, or at least most of the people that saw the matrix and understood it troughly would agree that it is a great movie. Besides all the excellent computer effects, the plot is prety original and innovative unlike most of the hackeneyed hollywood themes. However, this book takes that far beyond explaining and getting into depth of the concepts, ethical and phylosophical issues that it involves. If you liked the matrix you should definately read this book and you'll find out so many more things; you'll end up liking the movie even more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To every college student who is struggling with philosophy as I was, this book provides answers to those difficult questions you may be stuck on. This book provides insight into ancient philosophical ideas as well as more modern ones. It breaks them down and applies them to a film most people have seen. Further, if you're like me, it's easier to understand a concept when it's applied to something popular and well known, just like all of the pop culture books. Do yourself a favor and buy this book, it'll put you ahead of all of the others!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book to read. The author does a great job in covering many of the religious themes that the movie seems to convey in it & the insight on the symbolism in the movie is great as well. You won`t stay (SLEEP) for long after reading this book. It surely will 'AWAKEN YOU' & bring a *SHIFT INTO YOUR REALITY, giving you a better understanding of where many of the conceptual religious/philosphical ideas originated from, that are in the movie. Great stuff. AL L. ANSLEY
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nearly all the articles having to do with the metaphysical belief that states the physical world as illusionary made the common, but foolish, error of making it seem that if the physical world is an illusion then we can walk through walls by just thinking so. It seems to have been written by intellectuals who have very little experience in metaphysical discussion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even if you aren`t a matrix additct, it`s viable to get a better understanding of the film, for it portrays much philosophical questioning to be understood. this book is great in some of it`s parts, especially the ones that lead into an easy knowledge of matrix philosophy. although some reviewers don`t have very good articles , they`re still somewhat interesting. A must have, thats all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a very good way to get into philosophy (especially if you like the Matrix), but some of the articles are relatively flimsy and poorly written... the one by Jason Holt for example my philosophy professor told me is basically a good example of how NOT to write a philosophy essay/paper.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just loved it. It really helped me understand philosophy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the first movie and enjoyed it. The second movie was coming out and it had been four years since I had seen the first one. I happened upon this book in the bookstore and I had always had a slight interest in philosophy, so off to the counter I ran... Seriously though, now I not only have a greater appreciation and understanding for the first movie, but also the second. Anybody who thought that The Matrix Reloaded was to much action and not enough story owes it to themselves to read this book. Yes, I also have a deeper appreciation and understanding of philosophy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie and I enjoyed it; I did see into it that there were some religious undertones and some remote references to existentialism. I wanted to know if what I read into the movie was common to other viewers. Well! to my surprise, I found so much about the movie that I wanted to know more. I came across a book in my search: "The Matrix and Philosophy..." I was so much into the book that I decided to use the movie in my class in our study of existentialism--I left out the religious references for obvious reasons in the public educational system. But my kids were able to deconstruct the movie after they understood the themes of existentialism. I can only say that I hope the sequel is as profound notwithstanding the special effects.