In conclusion the intriguing sci-fi film The Matrix directed by the Wachowskis explores each branch of philosophy with great depth, especially epistemology, ethics and metaphysics giving the viewers a reason to question the world we live in today. Metaphysics is the main Philosophical Issue in the Matrix studying ‘What is real? which is also an evident issue in the analogy of Plato’s cave.
Part one will examine how the film broached the subject of skepticism, and in doing so how it ties in to Descartes and Plato. Part two will analyze the mind-body problems as raised by the movie and how those problems hold true or not to Descartes’ and Plato’s ideas. Part One: Skepticism and the Matrix This student of Philosophy now sees the movie The Matrix in a whole new way after gaining an understanding of some of the underlying philosophical concepts that the writers of the movie used to develop an intriguing and well thought out plot. Some of the philosophical concepts were clear, while others were only hinted at and most likely overlooked by those unfamiliar with those concepts, as was this student when the movie first came out in theaters all those many years ago. In this part of the essay we will take a look at the obvious and not so obvious concepts of: what exactly is the Matrix and how does it related to both Descartes and Plato, can we trust our own senses once we understand what the Matrix is, and how Neo taking the Red Pill is symbolic of the beginning of the journey out of Pl... ... middle of paper ... ...nd, this student sees the writers picked and choose what they wanted to use from each philosopher’s works and ultimately like the essence of the Matrix, distorted the ultimate truths each philosopher sought out.
Plato and Descartes address this in some of their works and they overcome this issue by proving certainty through scientific or mathematical reasoning. While the movie most likely gained so much attention for its action packed scenes and science fiction plot, there is a lot you can gain on a philosophical level by watching the film. What philosophical issues of skepticism are depicted in the movie? The biggest philosophical issue of skepticism depicted in the Matrix can be broken down to two questions. What is real and can/how do we know what is real?
Understood in an even wider scope, we can see it as a terse theory of philosophical method. (2) Exploring implications of Wittgenstein’s comment, however, is not my intention in this essay. I will not explain how we can profit philosophically by examining film. My intention is to show how we can. (3) When Wittgenstein admits he found some films instructive, he very well could have admitted Howard Hawk’s film entitled Bringing Up Baby.
The film makes me wonder if what is actually real in our world, since it may be just mere copies of the actual form that we cannot see as Plato says. The Matrix overall helped me understand these philosophers ideas and how they connected to the movie as well as our world.
The movie The Matrix raises many philosophical questions and often parallels previous and sometimes ancient theories regarding reality, skepticism, and perceptions of the mind-body problem. In this essay I will be evaluating how the movie The Matrix embodies theories and ideas involving skepticism and the mind-body problem. I will be explaining in detail why the movie, Plato, and Descartes have different views other than the normal way of believing what is real and what is imagination. I will also explain why some people cannot understand this way of thinking. Lastly, while evaluating these philosophical issues from the movie I will also compare how I believe these are similar questions that are raised by both the work of Plato and Descartes.
That element of choosing what to do or what to believe provides the certainty necessary for determining reality, according to Bertrand Russell's Problems of Philosophy. The defining moments of Neo's journey that detach The Matrix from Allegory of the Cave are Neo's three major choices: the choice to leave the Matrix, the choice to save Morpheus and the choice to believe that he is the One. Up until the point of Neo's first choice, the choice to leave the Matrix, The Matrix follows Plato's script. Those living in the simulated reality sense nothing is wrong; to them, their reality is everything. However, there is one person who defies the rest.
Idealism, in general, is the claim that reality is dependent on the mind and their ideas, (Morrison). George Berkley, an early metaphysician that defended the views of idealism, presents a view of material idealism which claims that the existence of ... ... middle of paper ... ...ectively bring together the right ideas presented by the rationalists and empiricists and strengthen the foundation of metaphysics. Kant uses the theory of transcendental idealism, the claim that gains of knowledge are based on perceptions of the mind, to prove the limitations of the human mind. Transcendental realists are proven wrong by Kant because of their inability to see that the mind is incapable of perceiving things in themselves. Kant resolves Hume’s scepticism by confirming that there are sources of reality perceived by sensations.
The Matrix, a movie from Lana and Andy Wachowski, portrays the ideas of reality and truth based on how the matrix is a simulated reality for people, but the people in the matrix see that the true side of this simulation, is their perspective of the real world and what the truth of the real world is. The Matrix is a movie showing the main concepts of reality and truth and a basic aspect is Plato’s theory on reality which states that reality changes depending on something. In this movie this theory is implied to how Neo’s reality changes based on how he escaped from the matrix and noticed that the reality and perspective changed from a normal society to an apocalyptical world. This is a mixed aspect of truth and reality due to how the reality changes, based on Plato’s Theory, but also his perspective also changes on how he doubts if anything is actually true and real. Thi... ... middle of paper ... ...s to choose between saving the world or saving Trinity.
Attainting philosophical guidance by the sources above is common yet it is also quite common to see philosophical themes in movies and novels. A movie with a philosophical message is “Fight Club”. The movie “Fight Club” examines an idealistic question known as “What is Real?” though the main character. The movie examines three idealistic statements: One cannot trust appearances to determine what is real, one sees and feels only what their subconscious mind allows them to see and feel, and finally, ones mind determines what is personally real. Primarily, one must understand that the answer to “What is Real?” is solely based on their personal view of reality.