Science Fiction Film & Television

Dialectics of the fable

Science Fiction Film & Television (2008), 1, (1), 15–23.

Abstract

Originally published in French in 2004, this article considers Cube (Natali 1997), eXistenZ (Cronenberg 1997) and The Matrix (Wachowski brothers 1999) as examples of different philosophical inquiries regarding the relationship between subject and world. Cube is a Kantian fable that abolishes the world and explores the subject without the world's totality. eXistenZ is an Husserlian fable, suspending the world and asking what is the subject that cannot find a stable clause of objective existence. The Matrix is a Platonic fable that destroys the world to interrogate the subject who tries to escape semblance. [eds]

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Badiou, Alain