The Social Ontology of Virtual Environments


Brey, Philip (2003) The Social Ontology of Virtual Environments. American Journal of Economics & Sociology, 62 (1). pp. 269-282. ISSN 0002-9246

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Abstract:This paper analyzes the ontological structure of institutional and other social entities in virtual environments. The emphasis is on institutional reality, which consists of entities (objects, events, etc.) like money, contracts, and chess pieces, which are constituted in part through collective agreements. It is studied how institutional entities are constructed in virtual environments, how they relate to institutional entities in the real world, and how they are recognized by users.
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