WOULD YOU KILL ONE PERSON TO SAVE FIVE OTHERS?

If you could upload all of your memories into a machine, would that machine be you? Is it possible we're all already artificial intelligences, living inside a simulation?

These sound like questions from a philosophy class, but in fact they're from modern, popular video games. Philosophical discussion often uses thought experiments to consider ideas that we can't test in real life, and media like books, films, and games can make these thought experiments far more accessible to a non-academic audience. Thanks to their interactive nature, video games can be especially effective ways to explore these ideas.

Each chapter of this book introduces a philosophical topic through discussion of relevant video games, with interviews with game creators and expert philosophers.

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Related work

Google: Philosophy through Play Photo by Jan Schneider

Google: Philosophy through Play
Photo by Jan Schneider

The Observer – Inner Life: Learning Morality Through Gaming

The Observer – Inner Life: Learning Morality Through Gaming

Eurogamer: On games as philosophy experiments, from Fallout to Soma

EurogamerOn games as philosophy experiments, from Fallout to Soma

The i: what video games can teach us about philosophy

The i: what video games can teach us about philosophy

 

Reviews, Interviews, and Citations

Bear vs. Grenade: Jordan Erica Webber talks video games, philosophy and setting people on fire

 

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PBS Idea Channel: A Defense of Overthinking Pop Culture