Plato and Matrix Philosophy Reflection

Platoand Matrix Philosophy Reflection

Platoand Matrix Philosophy Reflection

InPlato’s “theallegory of the cave”, he provides literally shapeto the most fundamental concern of Socrates. Plato argues that thereexists two varied forms of vision including the mind and the bodilyeye (Plato, 2006).The bodily eye is an allegory for senses anddetainees function only with this bodily eye when they are inside thecave. Plato attempts to reveal that in reality, the mind’s eye is ahigher level of thinking. It can only function when a detainee is setfree in the world. According to Plato (2006) the eye does not existin the grave but it only exists in the real world. In other words,Plato wanted to explore the idea that the real world is an illusionand he imagines that cave in which people have been kept as prisonerssince their date of birth.

Thematrix is another work that attempts to reveal about the nature ofreality. The film of the matrix attempts to adapt different aspectsof the philosophers about the truth behind reality(Grau,2005).Although the matrix mirrors the allegory of the cave instructure, its narrative is far complex and it is adapted by themodern action films(Grau,2005).Reality and appearance in this film play significant role tothe modern audienceespecially those who can relate to itsprotagonist, Neo. Neo is chained to massive wall where machinesharvest his heat from the body similarly to the prisoners thecave(Chaffee,2011). However, people in both two works does not realize that theyare hostages thus, they are totallyunaware of the reality they thinkknow is not true.

Fromthe analysis of the Plato and matrix work, there is significantchange in my philosophy. Philosophy is an extremely esoteric subjectand it is nothing less than an attempt to recognize who we are andwhat we reflect of ourselves(Solomon, &amp Higgins, 2009).The maintheme in both the two work is the idea of limitation in knowledgeamong human beings. The matric forces spectators to inspect theactual limits and limits of our behaviors, as well as, to breakphysical limitations. Therefore, this works have ethical implicationsto people because it affects the nature of their knowledge.


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