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Interesting Questions And Dilemmas Raised In The Film Series, The Matrix Trilogy

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The film series, The Matrix Trilogy, raises many interesting dilemmas and questions for humans and especially for philosophers. Julia Driver was intrigued to analyze the issue of morality and immorality in an environment that does not accurately reflect reality while Hubert and Stephen Dreyfus were interested in deciphering which world is a more preferable habitat for human being; a real one or a virtual one? The following will attempt to explain the previous questions using reference to the first film and response articles by both Driver and Dreyfus and Dreyfus.
Driver’s main argument in regards to possessing morality appears to be the presence of consciousness, sentience, and rationality (Driver, N.D., p. 3). In order to have moral status, and be able to distinguish right from wrong, current society deems that one must show competency in areas of conscious awareness and ability to behave and think logically and with reason. This is portrayed within the legal system as those who are considered to be deluded or mentally unstable, acting without reason, are omitted from the harshest of punishments and are required to seek psychiatric help (Driver, N.D., p. 6). Their inability to think and behave with reason reduces the level of moral responsibility to which society holds them therefore, calling into question their morality. Society appears to support the argument that if one is acting irrationally then they cannot be held accountable for their actions. This then raises the question of whether or not computer generated beings have consciousness, sentience, and rationality? It can be argued that those living in the Matrix, Matricians, display consciousness and sentience by their daily actions; they work, maintain relationships with friends and coworkers, and make decisions on how to spend their time (Wachowsi, 1999). Additionally, the agents display these characteristics as well through their display of emotions and ability to improvise while seeing through a plan (Driver, N.D., p. 2). An area in Driver’s article that could benefit from a little more discussion is that of rationality of the computer generated beings. Being rational requires one to behave in such a manner that reflects emphasis on logic and common sense rather than emotions (). Near the end of the film, the agents make a rational decision to flee after Neo inhabits agent Smith’s body as they realize that they will be unable to defeat him armed with what they had at that moment (Wachowski, 1999). However, it is important to note the underlying emotions here as well. The agents were evidently scared when they took off running so it is clear that emotions played a...

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