Animating Imagination: Examining the visualization of philosophy in Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell poses classic philosophical thought experiments about Cartesian dualism, The Ship of Theseus, free will, and the convergence of biology and technology. I will be analyzing the visuals of various scenes within Ghost in the Shell in order to show that the film uses its animation to provoke and demonstrate the above thought experiments. Animation's ability to visualize one's imagination makes it a useful tool with which to turn philosophical ideas into imagery; Ghost in the Shell is a prime example, as the film forms and demonstrates within its frame the philosophical backbone of the narrative.

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