Jean-Paul Sartre and Escaping from Being-in-the-World



This chapter approaches our experience of virtual worlds through Jean-Paul Sartre’s phenomenology of the imagination. It looks at Sartre’s argument that the existential significance of the imagination lies in its giving us the capacity to surpass our being-in-the-world. On this basis, the chapter draws a line between virtual subjectivity and how Sartre’s frames the concept of imaginary consciousness, considering how our relationships with virtual environments both reflect the phenomenological structure Sartre attributes to the imagination and puts it into question.


Sartre Imagination Imaginary Virtual worlds Phenomenology 


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  1. 1.Institute of Digital GamesUniversity of MaltaMsidaMalta

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