Philosophers Explore the Matrix

ISBN-10: 0195181077
ISBN-13: 9780195181074
Edition: 2005
Authors: Christopher Grau
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Description: The Matrix trilogy is unique among recent popular films in that it is constructed around important philosophical questions--classic questions which have fascinated philosophers and other thinkers for thousands of years. Editor Christopher Grau here  More...

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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

The Matrix trilogy is unique among recent popular films in that it is constructed around important philosophical questions--classic questions which have fascinated philosophers and other thinkers for thousands of years. Editor Christopher Grau here presents a collection of new, intriguing essays about some of the powerful and ancient questions broached by The Matrix and its sequels, written by some of the most prominent and reputable philosophers working today.They provide intelligent, accessible, and thought-provoking examinations of the philosophical issues that support the films.Philosophers Explore The Matrix includes an introduction that surveys the use of philosophical ideas in the film. Topics that the contributors tackle include: how a collaborative dream could differ from hallucination, the difference between the Matrix and the "real" world; why living in the Matrix would be considered "bad"; the similarities between the Matrix and Plato's Cave; the moral status of artificially created beings, whether one can behave immorally in illusory circumstances,and the true nature of free will and responsibility. This volume also includes an appendix of classic philosophical writing on these issues by Plato, Berkeley, Descartes, Putnam, and Nozick.Philosophers Explore The Matrix will fascinate any fan of the films who wants to delve deeper into their themes, as well as any student of philosophy who desires an accessible entry into this challenging and profoundly vital world of ideas.Contributors include David Chalmers, Andy Clark, Julia Driver, Hubert Dreyfus, Stephen Dreyfus, Frances Flannery -Dailey, Christopher Grau, Richard Hanley, Tim Mawson, Colin McGinn, Michael McKenna, John Partridge, James Pryor, Iakovos Vasiliou, Rachel Wagner, and Kevin Warwick

Christopher Grau is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Florida International University.

Introduction
Bad Dreams
Morpheus and Berkeley on Reality
What's So Bad about Living in the Matrix?
The Matrix of Dreams
Existential Phenomenology and the Brave New World of The Matrix
Reality, What Matters, and The Matrix
Never the Twain Shall Meet: Reflections on the Very First Matrix
The Matrix as Metaphysics
The Twisted Matrix: Dream, Simulation, or Hybrid?
The Matrix--Our Future?
Artificial Ethics
Neo's Freedom...Whoa!
Plato's Cave and The Matrix
Wake Up! Worlds of Illusion in Gnosticism
Appendix: Selections from Classic Texts Plato
The Republic Descartes
Meditations on First Philosophy Berkeley
Of the Principles of Human Knowledge Nozick
Anarchy, State, and Utopia Putnam
Reason
Truth, and History
Contributors
Index

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