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Diagnosing Contemporary Philosophy with the Matrix Movies

Authors: Bassler, O. Bradley

  • Offers an alternative approach to philosophy by way of a diagnosis of critical impasses in the contemporary state of philosophy
  • Guides readers through traditional philosophical problems to show how the foundations of mathematics underpin philosophical debates
  • Seeks to interest readers in philosophically challenging material in ways which are both stimulating and open up its larger cultural relevance
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About this book

This book charts the shape of future philosophical investigation by posing the question: “What is the Matrix?” Guided by the example of the Matrix film trilogy, the author examines issues ranging from simulation, proof and action to value, culture and mythology, offering a progressively deeper diagnosis of modern philosophical conditions. In contrast to the contemporary focus upon cognitive science and a commitment to the distinction between appearance and reality, this book helps readers to explore the argument that such abstractions are inevitably displaced by a more concrete distinction between dreaming and waking, with the Matrix as the real and only world we inhabit. Researchers and scholars will find this work an engaging and enlightening examination of reality, via the medium of popular culture and film.

About the authors

O. Bradley Bassler is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Georgia, Athens, USA.  He is the author of The Pace of Modernity: Reading with Blumenberg (2012) and The Long Shadow of the Parafinite: Three Scenes from the Prehistory of a Concept (2015).

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Bassler, O. Bradley

    Pages 1-14

  • Are You Living in a Computer Simulation? (The Level of Cognitive Science: Level 0)

    Bassler, O. Bradley

    Pages 15-37

  • Are You a Brain-In-a-Vat? (Level of Logic: Level 1)

    Bassler, O. Bradley

    Pages 39-59

  • Introduction to the Parafinite (Level of the Parafinite: Level 2)

    Bassler, O. Bradley

    Pages 61-84

  • An Introduction to Paraphysics (Level of Paraphysics: Level 3)

    Bassler, O. Bradley

    Pages 85-109

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for Brazil (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-57889-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for Brazil
  • ISBN 978-1-137-57888-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Diagnosing Contemporary Philosophy with the Matrix Movies
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-57889-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-57889-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57888-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 215
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