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Like a Splinter in Your Mind: The Philosophy Behind the Matrix Trilogy

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It’s the questions that drive us.

  • What is real?

  • How do you know what is real?

  • Can we be certain that we are not in a Matrix ourselves?

  • Does free will exist inside the Matrix? Does it exist outside the Matrix?

  • Are our minds just our brains?

  • Are sentient machines possible?

  • Is it ever best to take the blue pill?

It’s the questions that brought you here.

The Matrix films are not just about Kung Fu and special effects. Rather, they are about knowledge, reality, consciousness, freedom, fate, foreknowledge, good, evil, faith, enlightenment, and the very meaning of existence. In short, they are about philosophy – with some impressive special effects on the side.

Like a Splinter in Your Mind guides you through thirteen of the core philosophical questions that are explored in the Matrix films. You will see how Morpheus manifests Kierkegaard’s philosophy of faith, how Neo, the Merovingian, and Ghost exemplify the three major positions on free will, how the objectivity of value judgments are challenged by Agent Smith, and much more.

Matt Lawrence brings a philosopher’s insight to all three of the Matrix films, giving us a better appreciation of the trilogy, and a solid grasp of key issues in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of mind, race and gender, existentialism, Taoism and mysticism. And while his focus is squarely on the films, he also shows us how these questions relate to our own lives and our own philosophical journeys.

Synopsis:

Like a Splinter in Your Mind leads readers through the myriad of philosophical themes within the Matrix trilogy, helping them to gain a better understanding of the films and of philosophy itself.

  • Offers a way into philosophy through the Matrix films.

  • Covers thirteen of the biggest philosophical questions in thirteen self-sufficient chapters suitable for course use.

  • Demonstrates how each of these questions is illustrated through the events and characters of the films.

  • Considers whether sentient machines are possible, and whether we should expect them to face the same existentialist issues that we do.

  • Familiarises readers with key issues in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of mind, race and gender, existentialism, Taoism and mysticism.

  • Includes a chapter that explains some of the technical elements of the films and confusing aspects of the plot.

  • Also includes a Matrix glossary, and a cast of characters and their related symbolism.

Synopsis:

Like a Splinter in Your Mind leads readers through the myriad philosophical themes within the Matrix trilogy, helping them to gain a better understanding of the films and of philosophy itself.

About the Author

Matt Lawrence is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Long Beach City College.

Table of Contents

Introduction.

Before the Philosophy – Understanding the Films.

1. Tumbling Down the Rabbit Hole: Knowledge, Reality, and the Pit of Skepticism.

2. Mind and Body in Zion.

3. Are Sentient Machines Possible?.

4. There is No Spoon: Does matter really exist?.

5. Virtual Bodies: The Social Construction of Race and Gender in the Matrix.

6. The Problem is Choice: Control, Free Will, and Causal Determinism.

7. How to Really Bake Your Noodle: Time, Fate, and the Problem of Foreknowledge.

8. Smith's Moral Challenge.

9. De-Cyphering Right and Wrong.

10. Morpheus and the Leap of Faith.

11. Existentialism for Sentient Programs.

12. The Tao of the Code.

13. Overcoming Our Own Matrix.

EXTRAS.

Cast of Matrix Characters.

Matrix Glossary.

Philosophy Glossary

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405125246
Author:
Lawrence, Matt
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Location:
Oxford, UK
Subject:
Matrix
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
Matrix reloaded
Subject:
Matrix revolutions
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Film and Television-Reference
Copyright:
Series Volume:
no 1
Publication Date:
July 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9.00x6.34x.51 in. .72 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Like a Splinter in Your Mind leads readers through the myriad of philosophical themes within the Matrix trilogy, helping them to gain a better understanding of the films and of philosophy itself.

  • Offers a way into philosophy through the Matrix films.

  • Covers thirteen of the biggest philosophical questions in thirteen self-sufficient chapters suitable for course use.

  • Demonstrates how each of these questions is illustrated through the events and characters of the films.

  • Considers whether sentient machines are possible, and whether we should expect them to face the same existentialist issues that we do.

  • Familiarises readers with key issues in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of mind, race and gender, existentialism, Taoism and mysticism.

  • Includes a chapter that explains some of the technical elements of the films and confusing aspects of the plot.

  • Also includes a Matrix glossary, and a cast of characters and their related symbolism.

"Synopsis" by , Like a Splinter in Your Mind leads readers through the myriad philosophical themes within the Matrix trilogy, helping them to gain a better understanding of the films and of philosophy itself.
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