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The Matrix And Plato's Cave

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Introduction

The Matrix - TOK Assessment Task The point of the matrix is to make viewers ask the basic questions of philosophy regarding the world and reality. It is intellectually stimulating and unique in a way of seeking important queries regarding our worldly enigmas, by perceiving them in a slightly different way. It is, like demonstrated long ago in Plato's cave, designed to create wonder about the real limits and boundaries of our own behavior. When Morpheus asks Neo: "What is real? How do you define real?"1 He is recalling Plato's philosophy. Morpheus tells Neo that "no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself."2 With this, a direct reference is made to Plato's cave allegory, where he informs readers that language alone cannot be used to reveal the truth to the prisoners and free them from their psychological imprisonment. This is again referred to when Morpheus says "you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage, into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch, a prison for your mind."3 In the cave, when one of the prisoners is released, they are 'enlightened'. ...read more.

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And similarly we have Neo's situation in the matrix, we have trinity and Morpheus reaching out to neo, bringing him, through his own choice, into being unchained, or in this case, unplugged. The idea of the matrix is primarily centered on the philosophical views of Socrates "All that is certain is that nothing is certain."5 And thus, the viewers understand that there is no possible way of distinguishing the world that we perceive and the imagination of the human mind. In fact, there is no way to determine whether this 'reality' is genuinely real, regardless of the perceiver being a direct realist or a representative realist, unless there is intervention from the 'real world', as what happens with Neo. Socrates also advocates famously that true knowledge is "knowing that which you do not know"6, and hence the recognition of the limits of our knowledge would be foundational to beginning to remedy that condition, because once the limits are identified, one may try to break them, as Neo comes to realise exponentially. ...read more.

Conclusion

The philosophy of the Matrix has very common features with the philosophy of Descartes. Rene' Descartes went further than Socrates and thought that he had a theory to everything, and where he mentions methodical doubt, the only thing that he could not doubt is In his quote: "Cogito ergo sum"10, meaning "I think therefore I am", basically referring to his individual existence. If neo was to doubt the existence of everything around him, the world which he perceives, he would not be non-existent, because by simply doubting, he is thinking, and hence he evidently exists, or at least, his mind does. In conclusion it is by doubting that Neo came to understand and accept the 'fact' that he had been living a dream world until he was enlightened and introduced to the 'real' world, but who is to say that this 'real' world is not another product of the matrix? To eliminate any skepticism towards the system? In fact, who is to say that anything besides the mind of the individual thinker exists? Because there are no absolute distinctions between what is true and what is false. ...read more.

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