How Do You Know You Are Not in the Matrix?

John Greco (Saint Louis University)

Date & Time:

Thursday, February 18, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


JRC 126
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

It seems obvious that we can know things like "here are two hands," "there are other people in the room," and "I am walking on campus now." But if you are in the Matrix right now, then none of these things are true. Moreover, everything would appear to you just the way things appear now. So how do you know these things? How do you know you are not in the Matrix?

Philosophers have asked these sorts of questions for thousands of years, even if they did not put them in terms of the Matrix. This talk looks at some of the best answers and asks whether they are any good.

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