Virtuel : Preprint du "Commentaire" de l'article "virtuel" du DITL

Abstract : Notwithstanding its uncontrolled uses in relationship to the information technologies fashion, the current meaning of the word "virtual" is inherired from medieval Scolastics and cannot be easily distinguished from "potential". Based both on etymology and scientific and technical usage (virtual image, virtual sound, virtual world), we elicit a new core meaning : that which is not real but displays the full qualities of the real, in a plainly actual - i.e. not potential - way. This allows understanding why the virtual can have real effects.
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Denis Berthier. Virtuel : Preprint du "Commentaire" de l'article "virtuel" du DITL. Dictionnaire International des Termes Littéraires, Jean-Marie Grassin éd., 2005, NA (NA), pp.NA. ⟨halshs-00005477⟩



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