PHILOSOPHY THROUGH VIDEO GAMES

Jon Cogburn, Mark Silcox



 

How can Wii Sports teach us about metaphysics? Can playing World of Warcraft lead to greater self-consciousness? How can we learn about aesthetics, ethics and divine attributes from Zork, Grand Theft Auto, and Civilization?


A variety of increasingly sophisticated video games are rapidly overtaking books, films, and television as America's most popular form of media entertainment. It is estimated that by 2011 over 30 percent of US households will own a Wii console - about the same percentage that owned a television in 1953.


In Philosophy Through Video Games, Jon Cogburn and Mark Silcox - philosophers with game industry experience - investigate the aesthetic appeal of video games, their effect on our morals, the insights they give us into our understanding of perceptual knowledge, personal identity, artificial intelligence, and the very meaning of life itself, arguing that video games are popular precisely because they engage with longstanding philosophical problems.


Topics covered include:

  • The Problem of the External World

  • Dualism and Personal Identity

  • Artificial and Human Intelligence in the Philosophy of Mind

  • The Idea of Interactive Art

  • The Moral Effects of Video Games

  • Games and God's Goodness

 

PUBLICATION DETAILS

LANGUAGE

BINDING

EDITION

ISBN

YEAR

PAGES

English

Hardcover

9780415988575

2008

202

English

Paperback

9780415988582

2008

202

 

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Authors: #JonCogburn #MarkSilcox

Publishers: #Routledge (Routledge)

Languages: #English

Format: #Hardcover #Paperback

Accessibility: N/A

Year: #Year2008

Genres: #GameStudies #TheologyMythologyPhilosophy


Companies:

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Games:

#AidynChronicles (Aidyn Chronicles)

#BaldursGate (Baldur's Gate) #BlackAndWhite (Black & White)

#Civilization (Civilization)

#Everquest (Everquest)

#GrandTheftAuto (Grand Theft Auto)

#GuitarHero (Guitar Hero)

#Halo (Halo 2)

#Madden (Madden NFL)

#MortalKombat (Mortal Kombat)

#SecondLife (Second Life)

#StarWars (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic [KOTOR])

#TheElderScrolls (The Elder Scrolls series)

#TheSims (The Sims Online)

#TotalWar (Rome: Total War)

#WiiSports (Wii Sports)

#Warcraft (World of Warcraft)

#Zork (Zork)


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