Philosophies of Cloud Atlas

The broad philosophical topics in Cloud Atlas create an interesting experience that will entice the audience to watch or read it over and over to understand a little more each time. It’s great to analyse and one of my favourites!

Some topics (to my limited knowledge) are:

  • Inter-dependence and social contract theories (perhaps Thomas Hobbes’s “Leviathon”) from quote: “Our lives are not our own, we are bound to others, past and present and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future”.
  • Slavery
  • Ethics: Treating others of a different background
  • Re-incarnation

View more details from the links below.


This article is great for further reading on the story and philosophy

Cloud Atlas Quotes