Philosophers Explore The Matrix / Edition 1

Philosophers Explore The Matrix / Edition 1

by Christopher Grau
     
 


The Matrix trilogy is unique among recent popular films in that it is constructed around important philosophical questions--classic questions which have fascinated philosophers and other thinkers for thousands of years. Editor Christopher Grau here presents a collection of new, intriguing essays about some of the powerful and ancient questions broached bySee more details below

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The Matrix trilogy is unique among recent popular films in that it is constructed around important philosophical questions--classic questions which have fascinated philosophers and other thinkers for thousands of years. Editor Christopher Grau here presents a collection of new, intriguing essays about some of the powerful and ancient questions broached by The Matrix and its sequels, written by some of the most prominent and reputable philosophers working today. They provide intelligent, accessible, and thought-provoking examinations of the philosophical issues that support the films.

Philosophers Explore The Matrix includes an introduction that surveys the use of philosophical ideas in the film. Topics that the contributors tackle include: how a collaborative dream could differ from hallucination, the difference between the Matrix and the "real" world; why living in the Matrix would be considered "bad"; the similarities between the Matrix and Plato's Cave; the moral status of artificially created beings, whether one can behave immorally in illusory circumstances, and the true nature of free will and responsibility. This volume also includes an appendix of classic philosophical writing on these issues by Plato, Berkeley, Descartes, Putnam, and Nozick.

Philosophers Explore The Matrix will fascinate any fan of the films who wants to delve deeper into their themes, as well as any student of philosophy who desires an accessible entry into this challenging and profoundly vital world of ideas.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195181074
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,198,434
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

1Introduction3
2Bad dreams, evil demons, and the experience machine : philosophy and The Matrix10
3Morpheus and Berkeley on reality24
4What's so bad about living in the Matrix?40
5The Matrix of dreams62
6Existential phenomenology and the brave new world of The Matrix71
7Reality, what matters, and The Matrix98
8Never the Twain shall meet : reflections on the very first Matrix115
9The Matrix as metaphysics132
10The twisted Matrix : dream, simulation, or hybrid?177
11The Matrix - our future?198
12Artificial ethics208
13Neo's freedom whoa!218
14Plato's cave and The Matrix239
15Wake up! : worlds of illusion in Gnosticism, Buddhism, and The Matrix project 258
AppSelections from classic texts289

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