Ciência da Informação
Print version ISSN 0100-1965
MONTEIRO, Silvana Drumond. Philosophical aspects of the virtual and the symbolic work on cyberspace. Ci. Inf. [online]. 2004, vol.33, n.1, pp. 108-116. ISSN 0100-1965. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-19652004000100013.
The philosophical aspects of the virtual are discussed and related to the cyberspace. So, the virtual is able to explain a new model of carrying out symbolic forms, that is, that take-over in the pole of the virtual where the conjunction and and consists of an alliance displaying knowledge under the network form and explaining the dematerialization of the works, against reality taken over in the pole of "reification", the paradigm of which is the one of materiality. Virtualization in cyberspace makes language virtuality potential, yielding symbolic forms which are essentially metamorphic. Moreover, the virtual works up the deterritorialization of the signs, including, therefore, the dematerialization of the works yielding a complexity in human representation, instead of a complete substitution of the works.
Keywords : Symbolic forms; Virtual; Cyberspace; Knowledge representation.