Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology

Volume 13, Issue 1, Winter 2009

Katrina Burt
Pages 50-68

The Internet – Proposing an Infrastructure for the Philosophy of Virtualness

This paper proposes a preliminary infrastructure for future philosophical discourse on the virtual, interactive, visual, top layer of the Internet. The paper begins by introducing thoughts on such words as real, virtual, reality, knowledge, and truth. Next, news summaries are provided illustrating some effects from the “real world” on the virtual part of the Internet, and vice versa. Subsequently, nine major categories of Internet variables are identified. Finally, over one hundred questions about the philosophical nature of the virtual part of the Internet are listed and are organized into fourteen categories.