More Matrix and Philosophy: Revolutions and Reloaded Decoded

More Matrix and Philosophy: Revolutions and Reloaded Decoded

More Matrix and Philosophy: Revolutions and Reloaded Decoded

More Matrix and Philosophy: Revolutions and Reloaded Decoded

Synopsis

This follow-up to the hugely successful The Matrix and Philosophy is broken down into seven "scenes" that explore some of the deeper issues in the movie series. Scene one examines the issues of fate, fortune, causation, and determinism in the trilogy. Scene two asks readers to consider the concept of freedom in the film and in "reality." Scene three analyzes the metaphysical links and breakdowns between the three movies. Scene four provides exciting glimpses into the meaning of the music and the evolution of the Animatrix. Scene five addresses the controversial issues of race, humanness, and violence. Life, love, and the meaning of it all are considered in scene six, while scene seven looks at the various religious elements that appear throughout the series. The three films comprising The Matrix have become a genuine cultural phenomenon; this book enriches both the enjoyment of the films and the understanding of life today.

Excerpt

Lou Marinoff

The Matrix and Philosophy

The Matrix and its sequels—The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions—embody many deep connections to philosophy. Movie-goers immediately began to make some of these connections for themselves. When professional philosophers chimed in, thanks to The Matrix and Philosophy, public awareness of these connections deepened, and public interest grew. Movies have potentially great power to entertain us, or to provide a temporary escape from daily routine. But beyond this, some movies also have the power to stimulate thought about important issues in life, or to help us rethink such issues in a new light. This is exactly why The Matrix was so successful. Let me give you an example of what I mean.

I teach philosophy at a large American public university (The City University of New York). There is a required core course in Philosophy, which every student must take in order to graduate. All the philosophy professors teach some version of this course, in multiple sections, to hundreds of students every year. Many students take this course without ever realizing the relevance of philosophy to their everyday lives. They sometimes struggle to make sense of the required readings, without really appreciating why the ideas of philosophers like Plato, Descartes, or Nietzsche form an integral part of their undergraduate education, and preparation for adult life. The Matrix changed all that, and in a powerful way. in order to . . .

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