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Laozi and Truman: A Hyperrealist Perspective

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DOI: 10.4236/ojpp.2019.92013    257 Downloads   829 Views

ABSTRACT

This paper will use the concept of hyperreality to compare the so-called ideal state described by ancient Chinese philosopher Laozi with the world of The Truman Show. The concept of hyperreality is defined by Jean Baudrillard as the generation by models of a real without origin or reality. A hyperreal world is a simulation, or kind of a copy without its original. It is generally accepted, and confirmed by Baudrillard himself, that the world of The Truman Show is hyperreal. In order to compare Laozi’s ideal state with the world of the film, this paper will give a hyperrealist interpretation of the former, which will be only hypothetical, without intending to substitute any other existing interpretations. Laozi imagines that people live simple lives, with few desires and without traveling to other places. If we accept that the ideal state is a hyperreal world, we can make comparison between the two worlds; find out their similarities, as well as differences.

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Stamatov, A. (2019) Laozi and Truman: A Hyperrealist Perspective. Open Journal of Philosophy, 9, 193-203. doi: 10.4236/ojpp.2019.92013.

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