The Existentialist Matrix - a Critical Essay

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The Existential Matrix A philosophical view into the world known as “The Matrix” Alton Chua Write about Diverse Culture – Post Colonization Asia Desmond Kon 26th April 2013 Table of Contents A philosophical view into the world known as “The Matrix” Existentialims. ----------------------------------------------------------------Who is Thomas A. Anderson “Neo” -------------------------------What is The Matrix -------------------------------------------------------The Essence of Dasein lies in its Existence ----------------------Conclusions -----------------------------------------------------------------Bibliography ------------------------------------------------------------------ 1 2 3 5 8 9 The Existential Matrix ii The Existential Matrix A philosophical view into the world known as “The Matrix” Existentialism. A term that has been started in the nineteenth century by philosophers, Søren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche, who became to be seen as pioneers of the movement. Existentialism didn’t just stay as a philosophical way of life, it became as much a part of the literary movement as well. The great thinkers of the century, such as Jean Paul Sartre, believed that philosophical thinking didn’t just stop at the individual; but it proceeds onto questioning the individual’s way of life and even the individual’s attitude towards life. This does not mean that the Existentialist thinker throws scientific facts such as biology, physics, even emotional sciences such as psychology out the window; The Existentialist thinker only claims that human beings or it’s meaning of life cannot be fully understood in terms of them. Nor can such an understanding be gained by supplementing our scientific picture with a moral one. (Crowell) Kierkegaard believes that everyone is responsible for their own meaning of existence or living of their lives, that no

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