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The Metaverse with Chinese Characteristics: A Discussion of the Metaverse through the Lens of Confucianism and Daoism

Warner, David Scott (2022) The Metaverse with Chinese Characteristics: A Discussion of the Metaverse through the Lens of Confucianism and Daoism. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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2021 is often referred to as the first year of the metaverse. The metaverse is a collection of core technologies that, taken together, create something of a virtual world. There appears to be widescale support for the creation of a metaverse in China by both the government and private companies. The metaverse which will be created by China will likely be intentionally different from a “Western” metaverse, at least in its levels of regulation and government control. A possible justification for this control may be viewed through the lens of Confucianism as a means for cultivating societal harmony and order. The dialectics of philosophical Daoism may further provide a conceptual framework through which to view the metaverse, both in China and abroad. Overall, the perception of the metaverse may be shaped and influenced by Chinese philosophical concepts related to space, being, time, relativity, identity and the body.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Warner, David ScottDSW38@pitt.eduDSW38
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairQian,
Committee MemberQin,
Committee MemberPaterson,
Date: 6 June 2022
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 1 April 2022
Approval Date: 6 June 2022
Submission Date: 3 April 2022
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 82
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > East Asian Studies
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Metaverse, Daoism, Taoism, Confucianism
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2022 15:59
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2022 15:59


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