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Philosophy Looks at Chess

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"Ever since the invention of chess in sixth-century India, the royal game of strategy has fascinated thinkers of all persuasions. Philosophers from Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Ludwig Wittgenstein and John Searle have found in chess a rich source of insights, lessons, and mysteries." In Philosophy Looks at Chess, twelve professional thinkers playfully explore various intriguing aspects of chess.
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Overview

"Ever since the invention of chess in sixth-century India, the royal game of strategy has fascinated thinkers of all persuasions. Philosophers from Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Ludwig Wittgenstein and John Searle have found in chess a rich source of insights, lessons, and mysteries." In Philosophy Looks at Chess, twelve professional thinkers playfully explore various intriguing aspects of chess.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812696332
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 991,648
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Benjamin Hale
Benjamin Hale

Benjamin Hale is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, where he received a Provost's Fellowship to complete his novel, which also went on to win a Michener-Copernicus Award. He has been a night shift baker, a security guard, a trompe l'oeil painter, a pizza deliverer, a cartoonist, an illustrator and a technical writer. He grew up in Colorado and now lives in New York.

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Table of Contents

1 To Know the Past One Must First Know the Future: Raymond Smullyan and the Mysteries of Retrograde Analysis Bernd Graefrath Graefrath, Bernd 1

2 A Deep Blue Grasshopper: Playing Games with Artificial Intelligence Andy Miah Miah, Andy 13

3 Playing Chess in the Chinese Room Tama Coutts Coutts, Tama 25

4 Garry Kasparov Is a Cyborg, or What ChessBase Teaches Us about Technology John Hartmann Hartmann, John 39

5 Chess-Playing Computers and Embodied Grandmasters: In What Ways Does the Difference Matter? Evan Selinger Selinger, Evan 65

6 The Difficult Ways of God and Caissa: Chess, Theodicy, and Determinism in Gadamer Bill Martin Martin, Bill 89

7 Who Plays Games in Philosophy? Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen Pietarinen, Ahti-Veikko 119

8 Hip-Hop Tactics: A Culturalogic Expression of the African Aesthetic's Role in Determining the Basis of Creativity on the Sixty-Four Squares of Warfare Tommy J. Curry Curry, Tommy J. 137

9 Quiet, Please! There's a Game Here: Discourse and Silence in the Formal Pragmatics of a Chess Match Benjamin Hale Hale, Benjamin 157

10 Casuistry and Chess: Some Methodological Lessons for Ethics Peter Morriss Morriss, Peter 171

11 Chess Is Not a Game Deborah P. Vossen Vossen, Deborah P. 191

12 The Reviled Art Stuart Rachels Rachels, Stuart 209

Contributors 227

Index 231

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