The Metaphysics of Virtual Reality

Oxford University Press (New York/Oxford) 1993, English text 161 pp.

Computers have dramatically altered life in the late twentieth century. Today we can draw on worldwide computer links, speeding up communiations by radio, newspapers, and television. Ideas fly back and forth and circle the globe at the speed of electricity. And just around the corner lurks full-bown virtual reality, in which we will be able to immerse ourselves in a computer simulation not only of the actual physical world, but of any imagined world. As we begin to move in and out of a computer-generated world the way we perceive our world will change. The Metaphysics of Virtual Reality opens a window on a fascinating world that promises - or threatens - to become an integral part of everyday life in the 21st century.


updated 1993