Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy: Raiding the Temple of Wisdom

Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy: Raiding the Temple of Wisdom


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812697964
Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date: 09/11/2012
Series: Popular Culture and Philosophy Series
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 563,717
Product dimensions: 4.78(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Rolling a Wisdom Check vii

I Heroic Tier

The Ethical Dungeon-Crawler 1

1 Aristotle's Dungeon Greg Littmann 3

2 Does Dungeons and Dragons Refute Aristotle? David Merli 17

3 Beyond Chaotic Good and Lawful Evil? Jon Cogburn 29

4 Chaotic Good in the Balance Chris Bateman 49

5 Elegy for a Paladin Mark Silcox 55

6 Being Evil E.M. Dadlez 65

7 It's Okay to Be Evil in Your Head Brandon Cooke 75

8 Elf Stereotypes James Rocha Mona Rocha 91

9 Dude, Where Are the Girls? Heidi M. Olson 107

II Paragon Tier

Planes of Existence 119

10 The Laboratory of the Dungeon Mark Silcox Jonathan Cox 121

11 Expressing the Inexpressible Jon Cogburn Neal Hebert 133

12 The Worlds of Dungeons and Dragons Timothy Morton 151

13 A Role of the Dice Levi Bryant 165

14 The Secret Lives of Elven Paladins Monica Evans 179

III Epic Tier

Leveling Up 193

15 What Dungeons and Dragons Is and Why We Do It Carl Ehrett Sarah Worth 195

16 Why Dungeons and Dragons Is Art Pete Wolfendale Tim Franklin 207

17 The Rules of Imagination Chris Bateman 225

18 You Got Your Gameplay in My Role-Play! Adam Brackin 239

19 Justice Is Not Blind, Deaf, or Willing to Share Its Nachos Timothy Christopher 255

20 The Gunpowder Crisis Jason Rose 265

21 To Know My Character Better than He Knows Himself David Aldridge 279

Player Characters 293

References 299

Index 311

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Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy: Raiding the Temple of Wisdom 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly entertaining and good intro to getting people to think critically about their gaming sessions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would say tthis book sample has a rich example of the philosophy in dungeons and dragons. Yet, if people were trying to find a guide to play dungeons and dragons, this book sample might not have what they are looking for. Thus, the overall conclusion of the sample is about average. If I were a regular customer, I might buy the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book for people who play or want to play D/D 4th edition