Philosophy Through Video Games

Philosophy Through Video Games

by Jon Cogburn, Mark Silcox
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415988578

ISBN-13: 9780415988575

Pub. Date: 12/12/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

Overview

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

Games discussed include:

Madden Football, Wii Sports, Guitar Hero, World of Warcraft, Sims Online, Second Life, Baldur's Gate, Knights of the Old Republic, Elder Scrolls, Zork, EverQuest Doom, Halo 2, Grand Theft Auto, Civilization, Mortal Kombat, Rome: Total War, Black and White, Aidyn Chronicles

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415988575
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/12/2008
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vi

Acknowledgments x

Note on Book's Webpage xiii

1 I, Player: The Puzzle of Personal Identity (MMORPGs and Virtual Communities) 1

2 The Game Inside the Mind, the Mind Inside the Game (The Nintendo Wii Gaming Console) 17

3 "Realistic Blood and Gore": Do Violent Games Make Violent Gamers? (First-Person Shooters) 50

4 Games and God's Goodness (World-Builder and Tycoon Games) 73

5 The Metaphysics of Interactive Art (Puzzle and Adventure Games) 91

6 Artificial and Human Intelligence (Single-Player RPGs) 109

7 Epilogue: Video Games and the Meaning of Life 135

Notes 156

Bibliography 182

Index 191

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