Beyond Reality? Virtuality and Experience

December 14, 2023 - December 16, 2023
Département de Philosophie, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Av. de l'Europe 20
Fribourg 1700


  • Kunsthalle FriArt


University of Antwerp
University of Zürich
Università degli Studi di Milano
University of Antwerp
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Université de Fribourg
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The philosophical debate concerning virtuality has so far privileged metaphysical issues, asking whether or not virtual spaces and objects should be considered as real or illusory. With this conference, we suggest bracketing such metaphysical questions for a while and focus instead on the relationship between virtuality and experience. In this framework, we would like to favour a phenomenological approach that understands virtuality as a mode of experience that is often mediated by technology.

The range of questions that this conference aims to address includes, but is not limited to, the following: What does it mean to experience ‘virtuality’? What is the phenomenological structure of the virtual? How does experiencing a virtual world reshape our ordinary lives? What is the relationship between the virtual and the imaginary? What role does immersivity play in virtual environments? What distinguishes VR devices from other media? What is the space for empathy in virtual interactions? How is personal identity preserved but also transformed within virtual worlds?

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