Digital Virtual Places: Utopias, Atopias, Heterotopias

  • Golfo MagginiEmail author
Part of the Contributions to Hermeneutics book series (CONT HERMEN, volume 5)


In my paper, I will approach virtual places neither in terms of non-places or atopias, nor in terms of utopias, but in terms of heterotopias. In order to do so I will deal with some major phenomenological commentaries of place in Heidegger before focusing on a series of placial or place-related topics in his 1936–1938 Contributions to Philosophy (From Enowing). In light of the Contributions I will first thematize virtual places indirectly by opening up the triad of calculation/digits, representation/screens, and communication/information bits. Then, I will attempt to relate the treatment of Contributions to a second triad of topics which are directly placial: worldliness and involvement, situatedness and affective attunement, familiarity and homelessness. I will conclude by insisting on the unique heterotopic dwelling that digital places as places of alterity offer us beyond the all too easy topos-atopia and topos-utopia dilemmas.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of IoanninaIoanninaGreece

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