SI: Chalmers on Virtual Reality Introduction

Ricardo Santos 1  and David Yates 2
  • 1 University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2 University of Lisbon, Portugal


In June 2016, David Chalmers delivered the Petrus Hispanus Lectures at the LanCog research group, University of Lisbon, on the subject of objects, properties, and perception in virtual reality environments. The paper resulting from these lectures was subsequently published in Disputatio as “The Virtual and the Real” (vol. IX, 2017, No. 46, pp. 309–52). In it, Chalmers defends virtual realism, according to which virtual objects are bona fide digital objects with virtual counterparts of perceptible properties such as colour and shape, and perception in virtual reality environments is typically veridical rather than illusory. This special issue collects responses to Chalmers due to Claus Beisbart, Jesper Juul, Peter Ludlow, Neil McDonnell and Nathan Wildman, Alyssa Ney, Eric Schwitzgebel, and Marc Silcox; together with a detailed response by Chalmers to each paper.

You can read the target article (Chalmers 2017, “The Virtual and the Real”) under discussion in this Special Issue here:

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  • Chalmers, D. J. 2012. Constructing the World, Oxford University Press.

  • Chalmers, D. J. 2017. The virtual and the real. Disputatio 9(46): 309–52.


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