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Stefano Gualeni

Developer Biography

Trained as an architect, Dr. Stefano Gualeni is a philosopher and game 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. 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. 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 objectively. His book, 'Virtual Worlds as Philosophical Tools' (Palgrave, 2015), recognizes computers as instruments to (re)design ourselves and our worlds, as gateways to experience alternative possibilities of being. Put somewhat more simply, he recognizes virtual worlds as the contexts where a new, projectual humanism has already begun to arise.

Contributed by Stefano Gualeni (96) on Jun 24, 2006. [revised by : Sciere (585407) and Stefano Gualeni (96)].