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on 16 June 2003
This collection of philosophical essays is a painless introduction to philosophy. Reading it won't necessariy help you ace Philosophy 101 exams, but careful reading will help you see the important points of the movie along with helping you understand basic philosophical concepts.
Relating basic philosophical concepts to a popular and enjoyable movie is bound to improve your mind. But don't let that scare you. You'll end up enjoying it immensely.
Trust me.
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This book looks at 'The Matrix' and philosophical questions in relation to it. It has a collection of essays by various authors and whilst most of these are very readable and clear, I found at least 3 to be poorly written and so 'Up' themselves that they imparted little worthwhile thoughts or insight. The editors essay was especially good as an introduction to the book and if he had written the rest then this could have been a stronger overall package. The essays were also quite repetitive, using the same quotes to justify their points to the extent that it got tedious reading them again and again. There is only so many 'splinter in your mind' and Cyphers ignorance at being plugged back in to the matrix references you can read in any one book, however much a fan of the film you are. Be aware this only covers the first film and I believe that there is another book in the series looking at the sequels, but based on this one I won't be tracking that down any time soon. For huge fans of the film this may be a good read, but for those interested in philosophical question raised by the matrix, any good introduction to philosophy book will serve just as well. If you'd like to explore the philosophical and scientific ideas behind this film more then I'd suggest 'Taking the Red Pill' by Glenn Yeffeth and David Gerrold as it is clearer and much more engaging. An OK book, but not outstanding.

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on 12 August 2013
It's a good reading for those who like philosophy. As it is a book based on a movie, it is a must to have watched the movie couple of times, and enjoyed it as well. I find well defended positions in the book, and strong points made by the authors of the essays.
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on 13 October 2015
Great series of pieces analysing The Matrix from various philosophical perspectives. A bit repetitive in the early chapters, but worth sticking with.
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on 19 February 2015
Good book for Matrix fans.
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on 18 November 2015
Very good
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