Is virtual reality the latest grand narrative that humanity has produced? Our civilization is determined by a shift from an “original event” to a virtual “narrative”. This concerns not only virtual reality but also psychoanalysis, gene-technology, and globalization. Psychoanalysis transforms the dream into a narrative and is able to spell out the dream’s symbols. Gene-technology narrates dynamic, self-evolving evolution as a “gene code”. Discourses on “globalization” let the globe appear as once more globalized because reproduced through narrative. Finally, reality itself has come to be narrated in the form of a second reality that is called “virtual”. This book attempts to disentangle the characteristics of human reality and posthuman virtual reality and asks whether it is possible to reconcile both.
Thorsten Botz-Bornstein was born in Germany in 1964, studied philosophy in Paris, and received his Ph.D. from Oxford University. He is now Associate Professor of philosophy at the Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait.
Scholars and graduate students in Cultural Studies, Aesthetics, Philosophy, Japanese Studies. As the book is interdisciplinary, people from other fields will be attracted.