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Rene Descartes, Rationalism and The Matrix Name Subject Teacher Date Rene Descartes, Rationalism and The Matrix The film The Matrix is more than just a story of how true reality differs from what we have been taught to know. The film is a personal biography of a man called Neo and how he has come to develop self-consciousness through his knowledge of the Real World and the discovery of his true identity.
Neo begins to seriously reflect upon the nature of his identity and existence in the middle of the movie as he is already taken to the Nebuchadnezzar. This rather personal and philosophical search begins with Agent Smith saying that Neo is seeking answers to his own questions although Neo himself does not even realize he is doing this. The point is that Neo’s search for himself and questions about his existence begins with a doubt, much like the 17th century philosopher Rene Descartes who wrote, “…it will be sufficient to justify the rejection of the whole if I shall find in each some ground for doubt” for this systematic process of doubting is “the only way to achieve clear and well-reasoned conclusions” (Author, Year). This means that if Neo had not doubted his existence, he would have simply stayed in the Matrix and, although such ignorance would have felt like bliss, he would forfeit all the possibility of knowing who he really is and what reality is actually like. ...
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