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An Ontological Enquiry into the MagicLeap and Augmented Reality

Vlugt, N. van der (2017) An Ontological Enquiry into the MagicLeap and Augmented Reality.

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Abstract:In this thesis, I have set out the answer the following main question: ‘Are the modern ontological frameworks relativist pragmatism and object oriented philosophy still sustainable when taking into account modern reality augmenting head displays and specifically the Magic Leap?’ In chapter 2 I examine augmented reality from a technological and theoretical point of view and define it as ‘An indiscernible virtual addition to physical reality to make it greater’. After describing Harman’s object oriented philosophy and Rorty’s relativist pragmatism in chapter 3 and criticizing these frameworks in themselves I use the definition above to show to criticize them from the light of the MagicLeap in chapter 4. I conclude that both frameworks cannot fully account for Augmented reality. Harman falls short because his taxonomy of objects cannot account for virtual additions to the physical and Rorty falls short because he cannot account for individual influence on changing frameworks and vocabularies. I conclude the thesis in chapter 5 by using the results as described above to provide a rudimentary foundation for future work on the ontology of augmented reality; it calls describes an ontological framework that can describe a fluid reality without assuming an essential nature belonging to that reality by focusing on the ‘how it is’ of objects in that reality instead of on the ‘what it is’ of objects.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:08 philosophy
Programme:Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc (60024)
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