Summer School on Chalmers’ Reality+ at USI, Lugano, June 9-13, 2023

Application deadline: February 15, 2023

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Lecturers: Magdalena Balcerak Jackson, David Chalmers, Nathan Wildman


Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) devices have a range of applications, from transporting users to wholly virtual environments, to incorporating virtual objects and overlays into the real world, and even faciliating trans-continental telepresence. And it is clear that this technology behind is quickly becoming integrated into our everyday lives.

Yet AR/VR raises a number of striking philosophical questions. Are the virtual worlds we seem to experience in VR real? Is our experience of these worlds verdicial, or perhaps something more akin to an illusion? Can we learn from virtual experiences? Is a life lived within a virtual world less valuable than one lived outside it?

The aim of this summer school is to discuss these and related questions. In so doing, we will focus on how this emergent techonology impacts debates in metaphysics, philosophy of perception, epistemology, and philosophy of mind. The main outcome of the school will be a better understanding of the philosophical import of AR/VR.

The 2023 Summer School on Reality+ will be held in Lugano, Switzerland, from Friday June 9 to Tuesday June 13, 2023. It is open to graduate students and early career researchers. It deals with issues in the Metaphysics and Philosophy of Mind of Virtual and Augmented Reality. Participants are kindly invited to read in advance the relevant parts of the book Reality+ by David Chalmers.

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