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By Jon Cogburn, Mark Silcox

How can Wii Sports educate us approximately metaphysics?

Can enjoying World of Warcraft result in larger self-consciousness?

How do we know about aesthetics, ethics and divine attributes from
Zork, Grand robbery Auto, and Civilization?

A number of more and more refined games are swiftly overtaking books, motion pictures, and tv as America's most well liked kind of media leisure. it really is predicted that through 2011 over 30 percent of US families will personal a Wii console - concerning the related percent that owned a tv in 1953.

In Philosophy via games, Jon Cogburn and Mark Silcox - philosophers with video game event - examine the cultured charm of games, their influence on our morals, the insights they offer us into our realizing of perceptual wisdom, own identification, synthetic intelligence, and the very that means of existence itself, arguing that games are well known accurately simply because they interact with longstanding philosophical problems.

Topics coated include:

* the matter of the exterior World

* Dualism and private Identity

* man made and Human Intelligence within the Philosophy of Mind

* the belief of Interactive Art

* the ethical results of Video Games

* video games and God's Goodness

Games mentioned include:

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

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