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I didn't see the whole film (my philosophy professor only showed small portions in class), and I was wondering if it went on to show the other side of the Soul-Body Dichotomy. According to the Ayn Rand Lexicon, one side of the argument says that man has no soul, that mindlessly walks around like a zombie, which George Berkeley championed. The other side says you only have a soul, which is doomed with the knowledge that only the unknowable exists. Does this aspect of the argument appear in A Clockwork Orange, where the material world is portrayed as nonexistent?

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edited Jan 05 '14 at 14:12

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I am having some difficulty interpreting your question. As I read the lexicon comment, Ms Rand is denying that there is a dichotomy between soul and body. That humans have minds and that the mind is what constitutes our uniqueness. I believe she denied existence of some sort of ethereal entity known as "soul." We are able to think and to comprehend what constitutes our reality and even, to some extent, our place in the universe. There is a lot of "unknowable" out there but to think that that is the only truly existing reality is to deny your unique place in existence.

It has been a long time since I saw Clockwork Orange (over 40 years) but what I recall is that it demonstrated what happens if one removes a humans capacity for reaction and volition through brain destruction techniques. A human who does not think, fails and cannot function as a human. I guess I may need to track down a copy of the book to see how it delves into soul and body.

answered Mar 11 '12 at 18:54

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