The Matrix

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Similarities and Differences of
The Matrix, Plato and Descartes

Frederick Kinley
PHIL201-C10LUO
March 17, 2014

The Matrix was a film created by the Wachowski Brothers that dealt heavily with the thought of epistemology. Epistemology is a philosophy of origin, nature and limits of human knowledge. In the Matrix the limits of human knowledge was pushed with the question of reality. Is reality real? Is what we see and do true? The question was portrayed in the film by Neo a computer hacker that had a life time nagging question inside that he just could not shake. Neo met Morpheus, a leader of an organization that could help Neo answer his question. Morpheus proposed Neo a plan to follow him take the “red pill” and find the truth or take a “blue pill” and forever stay the same. Neo agrees to take the “red pill” then is launched into a world like he had never seen before. The “Matrix” was a world where humans were only living virtual reality lives. Giant computers were placing thoughts, feelings and everyday life circumstances into their minds. Through their virtual lives they could work, play and even die. Is our reality real today? Are we just victims of a larger, grander scheme? The Allegory of the Cave is a synopsis of The Republic where people live their whole lives in the opening of a cave. The prisoner’s feet and necks are chained so they cannot leave or even turn their heads. Their whole lives the only truth they know is shadow figures that puppet masters cast on a wall before them. Eventually a prisoner is set free to explore the “real” world around them. He is blinded by the light that was once behind them, frightened by the thought of leaving the cave but is able to see things as they “really” are. The prisoner finally returns to the cave to tell of the things he has discovered. The other prisoners…...

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