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Like a Splinter in Your Mind : The Philosophy Behind the Matrix Trilogy

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ISBN 10: 1405125241 / ISBN 13: 9781405125246
Published by Blackwell, 2004
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Title: Like a Splinter in Your Mind : The ...

Publisher: Blackwell

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

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Like a Splinter in Your Mind leads readers through the myriad of philosophical themes within the Matrix trilogy, helping them to gain a better understanding of the films and of philosophy itself.


  • Offers a way into philosophy through the Matrix films.
  • Covers thirteen of the biggest philosophical questions in thirteen self-sufficient chapters suitable for course use.
  • Demonstrates how each of these questions is illustrated through the events and characters of the films.
  • Considers whether sentient machines are possible, and whether we should expect them to face the same existentialist issues that we do.
  • Familiarises readers with key issues in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of mind, race and gender, existentialism, Taoism and mysticism.
  • Includes a chapter that explains some of the technical elements of the films and confusing aspects of the plot.
  • Also includes a Matrix glossary, and a cast of characters and their related symbolism.

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Like a Splinter in Your Mind leads readers through the myriad philosophical themes within the Matrix trilogy, helping them to gain a better understanding of the films and of philosophy itself. The book examines 13 core philosophical problems and demonstrates how each is illustrated through the events and characters of the Matrix trilogy. We see how Morpheus manifests Kierkegaard's philosophy of faith; how libertarian, determinist, and compatibilist views of free will find expression in the characters of Neo, the Merovingian, and Ghost; and how Neo's belief in objective values is challenged by Agent Smith. The book focuses squarely on the Matrix films, with plenty of quotes and other tie-ins, but it is also packed with philosophical content. By the end of the book, readers will be well acquainted with key issues in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of mind, race and gender, existentialism, Taoism, and mysticism.

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