The Experience Machine: Existential Reflections on Virtual Worlds


  • Stefano Gualeni Institute of Digital Games - University of Malta



Virtual Worlds, Nozick, Experience Machine, Existentialism, Philosophy, Tragedy, Philosophy of Technology


Problems and questions originally raised by Robert Nozick in his famous thought experiment

Author Biography

  • Stefano Gualeni, Institute of Digital Games - University of Malta

    Trained as an architect, Dr. Stefano Gualeni is a philosopher and videogame designer who is best known for creating the videogames 'Tony Tough and the Night of Roasted Moths' (1997) and 'Gua-Le-Ni; or, The Horrendous Parade' (2012).

    His work takes place at the intersections between continental philosophy and the design of virtual worlds. Being both a philosopher who designs videogames and a game designer who is passionate about philosophy, Dr. Gualeni studies virtual worlds in their role as mediators of thought: as interactive, artificial environments where philosophical ideas, world-views, and thought-experiments can be explored, manipulated, and communicated. Given the practical and interdisciplinary focus of his research - and depending on the topics and the resources at hand - his output takes the form of academic texts and/or of interactive digital experiences.

    A recent academic book of his, 'Virtual Worlds as Philosophical Tools' (Palgrave, 2015), identifies computers as gateways to experience alternative possibilities of being and as instruments to (re)design ourselves and our culture. His forthcoming, collective book,






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