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Comparing Plato, Descartes, And The Matrix

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Plato, Descartes, and the Matrix

Latalvin Bullock

Liberty University

Is what I am seeing real or is it a figment of my imagination? Many people have found themselves asking this question at some point in their life. This has been a subject that has been addressed by many philosophers. In this paper the approach to this topic is centered on Plato’s The Allegory of the Cave and Descartes’s Meditation I of The Things Which We May Doubt as compared to the movie The Matrix. One of the most obvious similarities of the three passages is that they all call in to question what reality is. In The Matrix reality is conceived through a computer. The computer simulates the peoples’ perception of reality. They are not truly aware of their own reality because …show more content…

But through their connection and manipulation of the computer they believe that what they are living and seeing is real. When Neo agrees to take the red pill and follow Morpheus into the world of the Matrix it disturbs him to see that people are living out a virtual reality that is not true reality. This calls into question his own reality and was the life he was living real or imagined. Plato’s Allegory of the Cave also shows a distorted sense of reality. The prisoners believe that what they see through the shadows is reality. Being tied by the fetters there is no way for them to see any other reality around them. Based solely on what they see through the shadows are real to them. The shadows are an artificial source of reality for the prisoners as the computer is an artificial source for those living in the Matrix even though both the prisoners and those hooked to the computer feel that it is entirely real. In Descartes’s Meditation I of the

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