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Like a Splinter in Your Mind: The Philosophy Behind the Matrix Trilogyby Matt Lawrence
Synopses & Reviews
It’s the questions that drive us.
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.
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.
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
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.
Cast of Matrix Characters.
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