By Phin Upham
“The Space of Love and Garbage,” is a collection of the best twenty essays from the Harvard Review of Philosophy. I had the privilege of working on this book while pursuing my studies as an undergraduate philosophy student at Harvard University. Among other great minds of today, the collection includes essays by Hubert Dreyfus and Gisela Striker.
In the essay “The Brave New World of The Matrix,” Hubert Dreyfus thinks through the philosophical implications of the movie The Matrix, examining the film’s question of elemental skepticism—Do we exist in reality as we seem to ourselves?—and extends that skepticism to question the value of reality. Is it “better to live in the real world no matter how miserable rather than living in an illusory world that makes us feel good?” and Dreyfus father and son give their provocative answers. Continue reading