Taking a Look at The Matrix

611 WordsFeb 4, 20182 Pages
The Matrix is a sci-fi action film created in 1999 by Andy and Lana Wachowski. The Matrix explores each branch of philosophy with great depth, giving the viewers a reason to question the world we live in today. The most intellectually stimulating problem presented by the Matrix trilogy is the question of the nature of reality posed by the premise of the film. This is actually an ancient question, which Plato asked and attempted to answer in his Dialogues, especially in the famous allegory of the cave. Both share the major philosophical issue, metaphysics, with the ongoing questions of “What is reality?” and “Are we living in the real world or an illusion of the real world?” Are we only glimpsing that which we have the potential to behold? Other main philosophical issues evident in The Matrix are ethics: “is it morally acceptable to kill someone to save another person’s life?” or “is someone’s life worth sacrificing to save a lot of people”. When taking in the political side of things we come across the ethical issue: ‘is it acceptable for the government to keep things from us that we wouldn’t like or want to know?” Another ethical issue perceived in The Matrix is Epistemology: “how do we know what we know?” and “How do we know that we have reached our fullest potential?” The Matrix and Plato’s Allegory of the Cave both show us how to perceive our own reality and to distinguish between what is real and what is not real and how the people living in the Matrix world are
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