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Philosophy Through Video Games (Electronic book text)
Philosophy Through Video Games (Electronic book text): Jon Cogburn, Mark Silcox
Philosophy Through Video Games (Electronic book text): Jon Cogburn, Mark Silcox

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Jon Cogburn, Mark Silcox

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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


Imprint: Routledge
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: September 2009
First published: 2009
Authors: Jon Cogburn • Mark Silcox
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 216
ISBN-13: 978-1-135-85969-5
Barcode: 9781135859695
Categories: Books
LSN: 1-135-85969-8

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