Matrix and Philosophy Part A: The worldly concern of human beings, the reality of the world we live in, and the questions of the human and listen as one. The philosophy in The Matrix has very putting surface theories with the well known philosopher Rene Descartes. The Matrix is a re-telling of Descartes dream of the mephistophelian demon who came to trick him into believing that everything he senses and thinks is not real.
Share via Email Rene Descartes: Are you really seeing this picture in any meaningful sense? With the imminent arrival of Matrix Reloaded the air is electric with talk of philosophy; of doubt, the self, self-doubt, and the feasibility of an ugly robot replicating itself a hundred times over.
Yet while The Times may presume to tell us on its front page "What Descartes owes to the Matrix" surely a case of putting Descartes before the horse? Take Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, for example. In this film also starring Keanu Reeves, and surely not coincidentallythe spirit of Socrates pronounced So-crates really does walk amongst us.
Or at least amongst the residents of San Dimas, to where Bill and Ted have brought the Greek dude in order to help them complete a history assignment, avoid getting sent to military school, and save the world.
In more or less that order. During his short stay in California, the father of western philosophy offers several insights into the way thoughtful humans should conduct their lives. They should, first of all, follow the teaching of Epicurus and make choices that result in pleasure - like hitting on hot chicks at the mall in the company of Billy the Kid.
Controversially for hardline Cartesians, So-crates also enjoins his followers to accept the sometimes harsh reality of the physical world, as demonstrated when he takes a tumble on the mall's ice rink while attempting to escape the San Dimas police force led by Ted's dad.
As Ted so rightly says, "All we are is dust in the wind, dude". But what is this dust, and whence comes the wind?
We look to the work of George Clooney, whose recent films Solaris and Welcome to Collinwood offer parallel and sometimes conflicting philosophical insights. As Clooney's character recently found in Solaris, the nature of existence can be said to be defined by experience.
But as anyone who then saw Clooney in Welcome to Collinwood found out, experience can be crushingly disappointing. Is it in this dichotomy - the Cloonesian split - that one can might look for the truth?
In Solaris, Clooney's Chris Kelvin is a troubled psychologist sent to an outpost in deepest space to monitor strange behaviour caused by the planet of the title. In Welcome to Collinwood he is a safe-cracker, who is seemingly in a wheelchair for laughs.
Here already we see how the delusions of the senses can lead people - screenwriters, for instance - to conclusions entirely at odds with those arrived at by empirical observation namely, the idea that if you take a safe-cracker and put him in a wheelchair you can entertain audiences without engaging in any further characterisation.
To take another example: When Kelvin arrives at Solaris, the planet begins to play with reality, bringing Kelvin's wife, who was previously dead, back to her husband in the flesh.
But this, it seems, is a version of Mrs Kelvin that is not real, was never real and consists only of Kelvin's imperfect memory of her. Naturally, Kelvin becomes mistrustful of his memory and even of his own senses. A similar effect is observed when, in welcome to Collinwood, Clooney arrives at the funeral of a fellow criminal dressed as a Hassidic Jew.
This unimaginative and woefully unfunny disguise makes the audience wonder if their memory of reading that the film was "a comedy" is at fault, or whether they can in truth be witnessing such a terrible scene at all.
Much like Descartes, who disregarded everything he could not prove leaving only the fact that he thought, therefore he wasClooney too has stripped his thinking down to indisputable truths.
Such as that if he doesn't make Coen-lite capers like Collinwood, there'll be no chance of finding funding for high arthouse projects like Solaris.Plato, Descartes, and The Matrix Kyra Eigenberger Liberty University Deception is the foundational issue prevalent in The Matrix, Plato’s allegory of the cave, and Rene Descartes meditations.
In each of these excerpts the goal of answering the question of what is real and how to uncover the truth is essential. Matrix Evaluation According to Plato and Descartes Philosophies The matrix movies are debatable; as some of the mainly reflective films to ever face up to mainstream film audiences.
Evidently, the matrix movies have a thoughtful look whereby anyone watching them and by any chance gets interested in the philosophical look, can decide to overlook them. Study/Discussion Questions “The Matrix,” Plato, and Descartes -identify comparisons between Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” and “The Matrix” -what is skepticism -how do Erion/Smith characterize skepticism and its forms?
Four of the most striking philosophical precedents for the Matrix trilogy are Jean Baudrillard’s Simulacra and Simulation, Plato’s allegory of the cave, Socrates’ visit to the Oracle of Delphi, and the work of Descartes.
The . The Matrix is based on a philosophical question posed by the 17th Century French philosopher and mathematician Rene Descartes. One of Descartes's most important theses was intellectual autonomy.
Plato, Descartes, and The Matrix. In this unit we have been discussing how we know. The modern American philosopher Hilary Putnam popularized a well-known thought experiment highlighting the problem of skepticism and our knowledge of reality.