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Popular Culture and Philosophy #11: More Matrix and Philosophyby William Irwin
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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.
Book News Annotation:
Mostly American scholars of philosophy offer their insights into the trilogy of Matrix movies as a single entity, through the first section engages the critical bashing of the two sequels. Freedom and reality, global philosophy unplugged, and social and political issues are the other themes. Among specific topics are the Prozac of the people, the music of the future, the cosmological journey of Neo, and whether Morpheus is Black.
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We're going in. One more time. And this time we're facing some pretty mean programs—Cynicism, Obfuscation, and Postmodernist Despair—plus the usual obnoxious bunch of totally ruthless Agents, who always insist on conformity or Deletion. And just in case you were hoping to make it back, they've reconfigured the culture so there are hardly any phone booths left.
We're gonna need guns. Lots of guns. And an endless supply of logic, humor, disobedience, defiance, and argumentative tenacity.
The surviving members of the old crew are still on board, along with some new recruits, freshly located, unplugged, and debugged. Are you with us?
You've already made the choice. Now you have to understand WHY you made it.
The three films comprising The Matrix have become a geniune cultural phenomenon; More Matrix and Philosophy enriches both the enjoyment of the films and the understanding of life today. Broken down into several "Scenes" More Matrix and Philosophy tackles issues of fate, the concept of freedom, the metaphysical links in the three films, the impact of the music chosen, race, love and the meaning of it all.
About the Author
William Irwin is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at King's College, Pennsylvania. He has edited "Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Book About Everything and Nothing"; "The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh of Homer" (with Mark Conard and Aeon Skoble); "The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real", and is series editor of the Popular Culture and Philosophy series. He is also author of "Intentionalist Interpretation: A Philosophical Explanation and Defense" and editor of "The Death and Resurrection of the Author?" Professor Irwin has written numerous articles and reviews on hermeneutics, Sartre, Plato, philosophy of law, and philosophical pedagogy.
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