The Matrix the Cave and Meditations Essay

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The Matrix, The Cave And Meditations
PHIL 201
John L. Hill II
Liberty University

John Hill
Professor Allyn Kyes
Philosophy 201
October 18, 2012

The Matrix, The Cave And Meditations
Thesis: There are many similarities in the Matrix ( Wachowski, Andy, and Lana Wachowski 1999 ), The Allegory of the Cave ( Plato ) and Meditation I of The Things of Which We May Doubt ( Decartes, 1641 ). It appears as you take a close look at the Matrix that it is a retelling of “The Allegory of the Cave” with elements of “Meditation I of the Things of Which We May Doubt” in it as well. I. Introduction A. Overview of “The Cave” B. Overview of “Meditation” C. Overview of “Matrix” II. Comparisons A.
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Descartes wonders what else that he can know by using this same logic, but first must establish the idea of God and that God is not deceiving him. He reasons that God exists because he as a mortal could not create the idea of such a powerful being, and only a being as powerful as God could have caused an idea of a God that is perfect. Descartes goes on to reason that because God is perfect, then God would not deceive him about anything. It’s not that Descartes is being deceived, but rather his lack of knowledge or understanding about the matters at hand is causing the problem he is facing. Descartes is now clear on his perception of God so he looks at material things. He points out that a body must exist in reality, because for him to dream about his body, it must exist before he would know what to dream about. So although he can perceive qualities of material things, he is still confused about some things because of is imperfect perception. He concludes that the senses are meant to help him get around in the world, not to lead him to the truth. ( SparkNotes Editors, 2012 )
The Matrix ( Wachowski, Andy, and Lana Wachowski 1999 ), is a story that presents a dilemma. Is virtual reality just for fun, or is it being used to imprison you? That is the question Neo faces as he is manning his computer doing some hacking on the side. It is through his computer work that he meets with Morpheus who presents Neo
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