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Philosophical aspects of the Matrix

Jesse Torres
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Let us list philosophical references in the Matrix. For example, the foundation of The Matrix is based on works of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Camus, De Cartes, and many more. In my judgment, the philosophical work that the Matrix is mostly based on is Plato�s Allegory of the Cave.

An excerpt from Plato�s Allegory of the Cave
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Any one who has common sense will remember that the bewilderments of the eyes are of two kinds, and arise from two causes, either from coming out of the light or from going into the light, which is true of the mind's eye; and he who remembers this when he sees any one whose vision is perplexed and weak, will not be too ready to laugh; he will first ask whether that soul of man has come out of the brighter life, and is unable to see because unaccustomed to the dark, or having turned from darkness to the day is dazzled by excess of light. And he will count the one happy in his condition and state of being, and he will pity the other; or, if he have a mind to laugh at the soul which comes from below into the light, there will be more reason in this than in the laugh which greets him who returns from above out of the light into the den.
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Remember when Neo is first told the truth by Morpheus in the construct program. Neo is blinded by the truth; as a result, he is unable to accept the truth.
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Sonny Gill
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You might find these interesting, if you havent already read them -

http://wylfing.net/essays/matrix_reloaded.html

http://wylfing.net/essays/matrix_revolutions.html


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