J. David Velleman
New York University - Department of Philosophy
August 13, 2007
I discuss the phenomenon of virtual agency - the agency that computer users exercise by controlling their avatars in a virtual world such as Second Life. In the course of the discussion, I also consider fully synthetic agency of the sort that is exercised by so-called software agents, computer programs designed to behave like agents in some respects. I think that philosophers of action have something to learn from both forms of artificial agency.
Keywords: action, moral psychology, technology, virtual worlds, World Wide Web, Second Lifeworking papers series
Date posted: August 19, 2007 ; Last revised: June 20, 2012
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