Mindcraft: Philosophy and Video Games
What kind of video game player are you? If we can look beyond the tired distinction between casual and hardcore gamers, we can begin to develop a better sense of the different ways to play a game and so a better sense of the different kinds of video games there are. This leads us to the primary objective of the class: to formulate and assess a definition of the word, “game.” The ability to formulate and critique definitions is an essential and under-taught skill for college success. And we can develop this skill by thinking more carefully about the kind of activities you ordinarily participate in, such as playing a game. Can work be a kind of game? Is it possible to win a game by cheating? And why do we find gameplay so interesting?
About the Instructor
Dr. Joshua Rust
Joshua is an associate professor of philosophy at Stetson University. He is the author of two books, John Searle and the Construction of Social Reality and John Searle. He is also a co-author of several articles in empirical philosophy concerning the behavior of ethicists as compared to other academic professionals (Mind, Review of Philosophy and Psychology). On the lighter side, he has co-authored with Dr. Susan Peppers-Bates an essay which appears in the anthology True Blood and Philosophy.
Appropriate for Grades 4-12
Date: October 10, 2020
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
20% Stetson community discount and scholarships available for those in financial need
$25 off for anyone who has been on a tour at Stetson University
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