Virtual Reality as Philosophy
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- 31 Jul 2023
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Resolve problems and complex debates by identifying the underlying issues, analysing their structure, and employing appropriate reasoning strategies and creative solutions (in the form of new objections, arguments, and ideas).
Articulate, analyse, and evaluate, standard form and text-based arguments, using appropriate methods of analysis and critical reasoning.
Examine how philosophical concepts and theories can interact in innovative ways with issues raised by Virtual Reality and other new and emerging technologies.
Analyse and write carefully constructed arguments in support of philosophical conclusions.
- • Virtual and augmented reality.
- • Well-being, Aristotle, and Nozick's Experience Machine.
- • Uses of VR as an "empathy machine".
- • The simulation argument.
- • Realist versus fictional views of virtual objects.
- • The ethics of violent video games.
- • Digital afterlives.
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This subject discusses the philosophical significance of Virtual Reality (VR) and other related technologies (like Augmented Reality and Video Games). These developing technologies raise many interesting ethical, social, metaphysical, and existential questions. This subject will introduce you to these issues and give you the conceptual tools to evaluate and analyse them, not only now but into the future as these technologies continue to change and evolve. Some of the questions we may look at include: Is a virtual life always less valuable than a real life? Is VR an empathy machine that can help us to better understand the inner lives of other people? Are the objects and events in VR real or fictional? What ethical constraints are there on our actions in virtual environments? In this subject you will also be encouraged to explore some of the virtual worlds we will be discussing (a cheap pair of cardboard VR googles and a smartphone will suffice), and to let those experiences influence your thoughts and philosophical arguments.
- 2x 1,000 word Online Blogging Exercises (2,000 word total) (50%)
- Research Essay (2000 words) OR Research Video presentation (equivalent of 2000 words) (50%)
Current study term: 30 Jul 23 to 27 Oct 23
Textbook information is pending.