The Risk, the Real, and the Impossibility of Life: Examining the Matrix

The Risk, the Real, and the Impossibility of Life: Examining the Matrix

Maximiliano Emanuel Korstanje (University of Palermo, Argentina)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1938-6.ch007
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The discourse of the Matrix not only wakes up philosophy from the slumber they are, but reflects the rise of fears which are proper of a culture, that manipulates anxieties to fix policies otherwise would be rejected. Basically, Neo is subject to an ethical dilemma which means that we are free to make the decision to live in a fake without suffering or in “the real of the dessert” as Morpheus put it. At this extent, if technology is used to protect humankind, Matrix evinces under some circumstances, it can oppress human beings when they renounce to their “free-will”. This chapter not only explored the limitations of the society of risks within liberal thought but taking into consideration the role of authenticity serves ideologically to legitimate suffering. Indeed, accepting to live as Neo did, may lead to oppression or liberation.
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The film Matrix, a saga starred by Keanu Reeves, Carrie Anne Moss and Lawrence Fishburne, represented the philosophical dilemma between reality and fiction. The plot is as follows, Trinity who is a beauty hacker convinces Neo, jointly to Morpheus, the life he is living is a simple fake, produced by the matrix. To break with this Neo should take a pill and abandon the pseudo-reality where he was embedded with. Henceforth, Neo Trinity and Morpheus together other rebels start a rebellion against the oppression of matrix, a machine who subject humankind to live in a state of simulation where suffering and pain does not exist. Though philosophically speaking the Matrix did not add nothing new after the Cavern of Plato, it woke up much debate among philosophers and epistemologists, many of them gathered in the book The Matrix and Philosophy edited by Senior lecturer William Irwin. In this chapter we will discuss the ebbs and flows of this book, concentrating efforts in one of Morpheus`s phrases “welcome to the desert of the real” as well as the betrayal of Cypher, who opts for returning to Matrix to avoid the reality. The arrival of modernity not only altered the promise of well-farian state, but also proved to be a world where survival is not granted. If the world of our grand-parents was stable for them, postmodern cosmologies inscribes in an atmosphere of conflict and pain, where the basic resources for surviving are not ensured by state.

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