In Matrix Reloaded (2003) there's a scene where Neo, Morpheus and Trinity meet with The Merovingian and Persephone:

The Merovingian is quite a philosophical character, here're some of his quotes from the scene: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0234215/characters/nm0933727

I would imagine that whoever wrote the dialogue was inspired by certain books - does anyone know which ones?

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    Is there any reason you think this specific character was inspired by a specific set of books? – BlueMoon93 Apr 4 '19 at 15:10
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    Pissed French people, at least :P – Jenayah Apr 4 '19 at 15:25
  • I don't recall ever seeing discussion of this. Not that it would be authoritative, but I looked for a bit and don't see many essays/papers comparing the Merovingian's words to other writers (I did find a student paper making a comparison to Emerson). There might be something in the corpus of interviews with Lambert Wilson--I've never done a deep dive on those. I'll try to remember to watch those segments with commentary tracks on the off chance anyone mentions something. – abathur Apr 4 '19 at 16:16

Much of The Merovingian's dialogue stems from The Principal of Causality, which was actually a Marxist principal developed by Alexander Spirkin, a Russian philosopher and psychologist.

An excerpt particularly interesting is:

The concepts of "cause" and "effect" are used both for defining simultaneous events, events that are contiguous in time, and events whose effect is born with the cause. In addition, cause and effect are sometimes qualified as phenomena divided by a time interval and connected by means of several intermediate links. For example, a solar flare causes magnetic storms on Earth and a consequent temporary interruption of radio communication. The mediate connection between cause and effect may be expressed in the formula: if A is the cause of B and B is the cause of C, then A may also be regarded as the cause of C. Though it may change, the cause of a phenomenon survives in its result. An effect may have several causes, some of which are necessary and others accidental.

As you can see, this is the foundation of The Merovingian's quotes (on the page you linked) about causality, as well as time.

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