Virtuality and humanity

Kreps, DGP 2014, 'Virtuality and humanity' , in: Oxford Handbook of Virtuality , Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

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Abstract

This chapter discusses the key questions raised by its title—what should we understand by the terms virtuality, humanity, and, thereby, by the term reality? These questions are explored with reference to the work of philosophers such as Henri Bergson, and his concepts of perception and moral obligation, and Michel Foucault, and his concepts of discourse, power, and epistemic shifts in history. These philosophical backgrounds then underpin the more recent theorizing of thinkers such as Karen Barad, Stephen Gill, and Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, whose agential realism and neo-Gramscianism together constitute a broad picture within which the material manifestation of our dreams can be better understood. The chapter concludes that virtuality is consciousness, but that the freedom to choose implicit in this equation must be fought for, generation after generation.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Grimshaw, M
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School > Salford Business School Research Centre
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9780199826162
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr DGP Kreps
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2014 17:43
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2017 22:27
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/30707

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