This book provides new theoretical approaches to the subject of virtuality. All chapters reflect the importance of extending the analysis of the concept of 'the virtual' to areas of knowledge that, until today, have not been fully included in its philosophical foundations. The respective chapters share new insights on art, media, psychic systems and technology, while also presenting new ways of articulating the concept of the virtual with regard to the main premises of Western thought.
Given its thematic scope, this book is intended not only for a philosophical audience, but also for all scientists who have turned to the humanities in search of answers to their questions.
Joaquim Braga is FCT-Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Philosophy of University of Coimbra, and member of the Research Unit 'Institute for Philosophical Studies'. He is graduated in philosophy at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Coimbra. In 2010, he finished his PhD at Humboldt University of Berlin, with a thesis based on the philosophy of Ernst Cassirer. His current fields of research cover Picture Theory, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Culture and Modern Philosophy, with a special interest in symbolic thought. His works include, among others, Die symbolische Prägnanz des Bildes. Zu einer Kritik des Bildbegriffs nach der Philosophie Ernst Cassirers (Freiburg, 2012), Rethinking Culture and Cultural Analysis - Neudenken von Kultur und Kulturanalyse (with Christian Möckel, Berlin, 2013), Símbolo e Cultura (Coimbra, 2014), Bernard de Mandeville's Tropology of Paradoxes: Morals, Politics, Economics, and Therapy (with Edmundo Balsemão Pires, New York/London, 2015).