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Charbil, Chris, Jung




Matrix is a film in which we can observe the many topics of Philosophy as we come across our curriculum. It is an easy way to relate the Philosophical topics to themes intended in this movie, and have a clear understanding of it, of course, through our teachers' guidance. It is a great way to learn Philosophy indepth and still be able to enjoy a little cool violence.

Metaphysics

- The Matrix can be used as a good guide in teaching us and giving us a really good idea on Metaphysics, the nature of reality, existence, or being. The Matrix constantly gets us thinking about our so called reality, even making us question reality; does it exist? What is it exactly? And as Morpheus put it:

"What is real? How do you define real? If you're talking about what you can see, hear, smell, and feel, then reality is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain."

This statement is completely legit, for it is true that our senses are merely signals. This arises a metaphysical question of reality's actual existence, whether reality is as we know as the everyday life, or do we think we live in reality, when we're actually living something totally different, like in the movie, or better yet, are the electrical signals creating some form of illusion?

The Matrix is merely an example of our question to "What is ultimately real?" Nonetheless, it is a great example, which we can reflect upon the possible identities of reality.

Epistemology

- Is the study of the nature of knowledge. In the Matrix, we find ourselves indirectly leading to Epistemology when looking at the metaphysical view of Matrix. Reality, leads to a series of metaphysical questions, but Morpheus seems to have a concrete answer, as if he knows true reality.

The knowledge of the Matrix and of reality can be refered to when studying Epistemology because Morpheus' knowledge on the world is quite different than ours. Making it an interesting area for us to study the different aspects taken, of reality.

Empiricism

- The Matrix has a lot to do with empiricism because it all has to do with knowledge. Empiricism is knowledge through experience. In the Matrix the people who were still in the system only knew what they have seen, smelt, heard, and felt (experience). They had no idea that there was another world outside, because they have never experienced it. We find ourselves referring to this quote again;

"What is real? How do you define real? If you're talking about what you can see, hear, smell and feel then reality is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain."

The quote provided a concept, that our knowledge of reality comes from our senses, which means to experience. Therefore if we are able to manufacture electrical signals to the brain, we gain knowledge, regardless of our location, in this case, the Matrix

Free-Will

Free-will is a constant debate, do we have free-will or not? Neo, for one, does not believe in fate because, as he says, "I don't like to believe I'm not in control of my life."

But, as he pays a visit to the Oracle, he breaks a vase where Oracle knew he was going to break the vase, but asks him a question, which deals with free-will, "would you still have broken it if i hadn't said anything?"

He was not in control of his life, as evident. This is where are debates of free-will comes in, as to, would he really have broken it? Do we really have free will? What is fate? etc. This movie brings up a lot of questions regarding pre-determination and fate.