44 Essential Movies for the Student of Philosophy
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “philosophical film”? The Matrix, most likely, an obvious example of a movie—or franchise—that explores timeless questions: Who are we? What is reality? Are our lives nothing more than elaborate simulations programmed by hyperintelligent supercomputers? Okay, that last one may be of more recent vintage, but it’s closely related to that ancient cave allegory of Plato’s that asks us to consider whether our experiences of the world are nothing more than illusions emanating from a “real” world that lies hidden from view. Another influence on The Matrix is Rene Descartes, whose dualistic separation of consciousness and body receives the maximum of dramatic treatment. But The Matrix is only one film among a great many that concern themselves with classic problems of philosophy. Another category on the list is “Movies featuring a philosopher.” Zizek! Related Content: Watch The Reality of the Virtual: 74 Minutes of Pure Slavoj Žižek (2004)
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