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Philosophy and the Matrix

Philosophy and the Matrix

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The Matrix exploded onto the screens at the end of the millennium with a potent mix of cutting edge special effects, eye-popping action and visual dynamism that forever changed the way movies looked in the 21st century. As many discovered after multiple viewings, there is also a prevalent philosophical curiosity underpinning Neo's journey that has become rare in major Hollywood films. This documentary collects several philosophers including Cornel West, Ken Wilber, John Searle, David Chalmers and more to discuss how the Matrix series utilized key philosophical ideas and strung together archetypes from many World Religions to create a sweeping vision of man's place in the ultimate reality. We learn how Plato's allegory of the cave is easily discerned in Neo's slow "awakening" through the first film, and how Gnostic Christianity, the Upanishads and other spiritual traditions are used as guides to navigate the hero's distinction between free will and fate. If you ever wanted to dig deeper into these movies, this documentary serves as a great way to dig into what might really exist beyond the Matrix.


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  • Published: 2004
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: P079741