Virtual Reality: Digital or Fictional?
There is a growing debate concerning the ontology and aesthetics of virtual reality. The crux of this debate concerns the ontological status of virtual objects: are the virtual objects that we encounter when engaged with augmented and virtual reality just as real as those objects that we bump into in the everyday, non-virtual world? Virtual realists say they are, while virtual irrealists claim that they are not – instead, virtual objects are mere fictions, posits, or something similar. The aim of this talk is to assess the case for and against virtual realism, and then leverage this discussion to develop a broadly fictionalist account of virtual reality.
By Nathan Wildman