BioShock and Philosophy

Irrational Game, Rational Book

Author: Luke Cuddy,William Irwin

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118915860

Category: Philosophy

Page: 192

View: 4254

"Presents expert reflections by philosophers (and connoisseurs) on BioShock, the critically acclaimed and immersive video game"--

BioShock and Philosophy

Irrational Game, Rational Book

Author: Luke Cuddy

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118915887

Category: Philosophy

Page: 192

View: 7188

Considered a sign of the ‘coming of age’ of video games as an artistic medium, the award-winning BioShock franchise covers vast philosophical ground. BioShock and Philosophy: Irrational Game, Rational Book presents expert reflections by philosophers (and Bioshock connoisseurs) on this critically acclaimed and immersive fan-favorite. Reveals the philosophical questions raised through the artistic complexity, compelling characters and absorbing plots of this ground-breaking first-person shooter (FPS) Explores what BioShock teaches the gamer about gaming, and the aesthetics of video game storytelling Addresses a wide array of topics including Marxism, propaganda, human enhancement technologies, political decision-making, free will, morality, feminism, transworld individuality, and vending machines in the dystopian society of Rapture Considers visionary game developer Ken Levine’s depiction of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, as well as the theories of Aristotle, de Beauvoir, Dewey, Leibniz, Marx, Plato, and others from the Hall of Philosophical Heroes

BioShock and Philosophy

Irrational Game, Rational Book

Author: Luke Cuddy

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118915879

Category: Philosophy

Page: 192

View: 1575

Considered a sign of the ‘coming of age’ of video games as an artistic medium, the award-winning BioShock franchise covers vast philosophical ground. BioShock and Philosophy: Irrational Game, Rational Book presents expert reflections by philosophers (and Bioshock connoisseurs) on this critically acclaimed and immersive fan-favorite. Reveals the philosophical questions raised through the artistic complexity, compelling characters and absorbing plots of this ground-breaking first-person shooter (FPS) Explores what BioShock teaches the gamer about gaming, and the aesthetics of video game storytelling Addresses a wide array of topics including Marxism, propaganda, human enhancement technologies, political decision-making, free will, morality, feminism, transworld individuality, and vending machines in the dystopian society of Rapture Considers visionary game developer Ken Levine’s depiction of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, as well as the theories of Aristotle, de Beauvoir, Dewey, Leibniz, Marx, Plato, and others from the Hall of Philosophical Heroes

Halo and Philosophy

Intellect Evolved

Author: Luke Cuddy

Publisher: Open Court Publishing

ISBN: 0812697189

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 220

View: 4893

"To the uninitiated--and even some initiates--First Person Shooter (FPS) games are sordid exercises in mindless violence, destroying the sensibilities of teenage videogame addicts. But there's more to Halo than this superficial stereotype. For many former youthful devotees, Halo has been the cosmic bridge to understanding and even wisdom." --

BioShock

Decision, Forced Choice and Propaganda

Author: Robert Jackson

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 1782793461

Category: Games

Page: 349

View: 3886

A historical, critical look at the famous videogame franchise BioShock, understanding it through philosophical, ideological and computational interpretations of systems, decisions and 'propaganda'.

Final Fantasy and Philosophy

The Ultimate Walkthrough

Author: Jason P. Blahuta,Michel S. Beaulieu

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470730423

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

View: 436

An unauthorized look behind one of the greatest video game franchises of all time, Final Fantasy The Final Fantasy universe is packed with compelling characters and incredible storylines. In this book, you'll take a fascinating look at the deeper issues that Final Fantasy forces players to think about while trying to battle their way to the next level, such as: Does Cloud really exist (or should we really care)? Is Kefka really insane? Are Moogles part of a socialist conspiracy? Does the end of the game justify the means? As Mages, Moogles, fiends, and Kefka are mashed together with the likes of Machiavelli, Marx, Foucault, and Kafka, you'll delve into crucial topics such as madness, nihilism, environmental ethics, Shintoism, the purpose of life, and much more. Examines the philosophical issues behind one of the world's oldest and most popular video-game series Offers new perspectives on Final Fantasy characters and themes Gives you a psychological advantage--or at least a philosophical one--against your Final Fantasy enemies Allows you to apply the wisdom of centuries of philosophy to any game in the series, including Final Fantasy XIII Guaranteed to add a new dimension to your understanding of the Final Fantasy universe, this book is the ultimate companion to the ultimate video-game series.

Ten Things Video Games Can Teach Us

(about life, philosophy and everything)

Author: Jordan Erica Webber,Daniel Griliopoulos

Publisher: Robinson

ISBN: 1472137922

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

View: 9039

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. In ten chapters, this book demonstrates how video games can help us to consider the following questions: 1. Why do video games make for good thought experiments? (From the ethical dilemmas of the Mass Effect series to 'philosophy games'.) 2. What can we actually know? (From why Phoenix Wright is right for the wrong reasons to whether No Man's Sky is a lie.) 3. Is virtual reality a kind of reality? (On whether VR headsets like the Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, and HTC Vive deal in mass-market hallucination.) 4. What constitutes a mind? (From the souls of Beyond: Two Souls to the synths of Fallout 4.) 5. What can you lose before you're no longer yourself? (Identity crises in the likes of The Swapper and BioShock Infinite.) 6. Does it mean anything to say we have choice? (Determinism and free will in Bioshock, Portal 2 and Deus Ex.) 7. What does it mean to be a good or dutiful person? (Virtue ethics in the Ultima series and duty ethics in Planescape: Torment.) 8. Is there anything better in life than to be happy? (Utilitarianism in Bioshock 2 and Harvest Moon.) 10. How should we be governed, for whom and by who? (Government and rights in Eve Online, Crusader Kings, Democracy 3 and Fable 3.) 11. Is it ever right to take another life? And how do we cope with our own death? (The Harm Thesis and the good death in To The Moon and Lost Odyssey.)

Inception and Philosophy

Because It's Never Just a Dream

Author: David Kyle Johnson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118072634

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 386

View: 5940

"Explores the movie's key questions and themes, including how we can tell if we're dreaming or awake, how to make sense of a paradox, and whether or not inception is possible. Gives new insights into the nature of free will, time, dreams, and the unconscious mind. Discusses different interpretations of the film, and whether or not philosophy can help shed light on which is the "right one""--Provided by publisher.

Atlas Shrugged

Author: Ayn Rand

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101137193

Category: Fiction

Page: 1088

View: 3259

Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand’s magnum opus: a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller. Who is John Galt? When he says that he will stop the motor of the world, is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he have to fight his battles not against his enemies but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves? You will know the answer to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the amazing men and women in this book. You will discover why a productive genius becomes a worthless playboy...why a great steel industrialist is working for his own destruction...why a composer gives up his career on the night of his triumph...why a beautiful woman who runs a transcontinental railroad falls in love with the man she has sworn to kill. Atlas Shrugged, a modern classic and Rand’s most extensive statement of Objectivism—her groundbreaking philosophy—offers the reader the spectacle of human greatness, depicted with all the poetry and power of one of the twentieth century’s leading artists.

Photography and Philosophy

Essays on the Pencil of Nature

Author: Scott Walden

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444335081

Category: Photography

Page: 344

View: 8076

PHOTOGRAPHY AND PHILOSOPHY ESSAYS ON THE PENCIL OF NATURE "Many of the essays are well written and indeed groundbreaking...Given its overall depth, the anthology is worth reading by any critic, curator or student of the arts."-Prefix Photo "How does anyone accept or deny 'reality' in photographic excursions? This is the central issue in this extraordinary compilation of 13 essays by contemporary philosophers who argue back and forth (in editor Walden's clever arrangement) so that readers must engage their own minds within the constantly conflicting (theoretical and personal) propositions/explanations. This is a rich, provocative, intelligent, challenging, and important compilation. Highly recommended."-Choice "Required reading for anyone interested in analytic philosophy of photography, Scott Walden's collection includes essays by most of the major writers in this area. The combination of classic pieces with newly commissioned work makes this both a useful reference book and a stimulating contribution to ongoing debates about photographic representation.-Nigel Warburton, The Open University Seeing is believing or is it? In an era of digital-imaging technology, can photographs still be considered truthful or realistic? Photography and Philosophy takes an up-to-date look at the issues of photographic truth, objectivity, and realism. It tests the limits on what can ethically be done with a camera and examines the fundamental differences between photographic and non-photographic artwork. Unlike the numerous texts devoted to the subject of Film Theory, this collection contains essays specifically about the art form of Still Photography and the broader theoretical questions it raises. Written by contemporary philosophers in a thorough and engaging manner, it is an excellent resource for students studying aesthetics or fine arts and photography.

Rapture

The Big Daddy

Author: Dustin Brubaker

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781517585785

Category:

Page: 60

View: 9667

Arthur Winter, his wife and daughter move to Rapture with the promise of a better life and more importantly a new start. He intends to work hard and one day be wealthy just like Ryan promises everyone who moves to Rapture. He opens a small business. For a few years things are good, almost idyllic. The good life is shattered when one day his daughter mysteriously vanishes without trace. The police of Rapture don't seem to want to help. So Arthur sets out to find her himself. He is lead down into a seedy underworld that exists below the upmarket fa�ade of Rapture. But can he find her in time?

World of Warcraft and Philosophy

Wrath of the Philosopher King (Large Print 16 PT)

Author: Luke Cuddy,John Nordlinger

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1459601173

Category:

Page: 432

View: 6889

World of Warcraft is the most popular ever MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game), with over twelve million subscribers and growing every day. WoW is everywhere - from episodes of South Park and The Simpsons, to online series like Watch the Guild, accolades and awards from game critics, prime-time commercials with William Shatner and Mr. T., and even criminal and civil courts in the real world. People marry and divorce individuals they have met in the game, realworld financial markets thrive in virtual WoW property, parents have their kids 'treated' for Warcraft addiction, and real-world lawsuits, vendettas, and murders have been provoked by the game. Since identities are known to be assumed, is it okay to totally misrepresent yourself in the game? Does the Corrupted Blood epidemic warn us of future public health catastrophes? How can it be wrong to steal something which doesn't exist or torture characters who don't feel pain? Is warfare really essential to the world of Warcraft? What can our own world learn from Azeroth's blend of primitivism and high-tech? A specially commissioned guild of philosophers tackle these and other hard questions in World of Warcraft and Philosophy. ''Finally, something Horde and Alliance alike can enjoy! Log off and curl up with World of Warcraft and Philosophy: you'll level up your Intellect for better boasting at your next guild party and cocktail party alike. ''

House and Philosophy

Everybody Lies

Author: Henry Jacoby

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470730218

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

View: 1682

An unauthorized look at the philosophical issues raised by one of today's most popular television shows: House House is one of the top three television dramas on the air, pulling in more than 19 million viewers for each episode. This latest book in the popular Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series takes a deeper look at the characters and issues raised in this Emmy Award-winning medical drama, offering entertaining answers to the fascinating ethical questions viewers have about Dr. Gregory House and his medical team. Henry Jacoby (Goldsboro, NC) teaches philosophy at East Carolina University. He has published articles primarily on the philosophy of mind and was a contributor to South Park and Philosophy (978-1-4051-6160-2).

BioShock: Rapture

Author: John Shirley

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9780765367358

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 1871

A prequel to the video-game franchise explains how the technologically advanced undersea city called Rapture came to be and how it eventually devolved into a chaotic dystopia.

Doctor Strange and Philosophy

The Other Book of Forbidden Knowledge

Author: Mark D. White

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119437911

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

View: 2552

Explore the mind and world of the brilliant neurosurgeon-turned-Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Stephen Strange in time for release of The Avengers: Infinity War Essays from two-dozen philosophers illuminate how essential philosophical concepts, including existentialism, epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics, combine to make Doctor Strange one of the most complex characters in the Marvel Universe, and a welcome addition to the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture stable of superheroes.

The Legend of Zelda and Philosophy

I Link Therefore I Am

Author: Luke Cuddy

Publisher: Open Court Publishing

ISBN: 0812696549

Category: Philosophy

Page: 263

View: 2417

"Chapters address philosophical aspects of the video game The Legend of Zelda and video game culture in general"--Provided by publisher.

Rapture

Welcome to Genesis

Author: Dustin Brubaker

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781519308320

Category:

Page: 60

View: 1570

A US Research vessel goes missing in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, not long after intercepting a series of mysterious radio broadcasts. The United States Government responds by dispatching a special forces team by boat to go to the last known location of the research vessel. The boat is attacked by an unknown fast-moving assailant and Roosevelt, one of the special forces team is knocked unconscious. He awakens in a Bathispher port next to wrecked Bathisphere with no idea how he got there. Can he find out where he is and his way back? Would you kindly like to know more? Download now to find out for yourself. Scroll to the top of the page and select the buy now button.

Game of Thrones and Philosophy

Logic Cuts Deeper Than Swords

Author: William Irwin,Henry Jacoby

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118161998

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 302

View: 947

"Timed for the premiere of the second season of the HBO Game of Thrones series. Gives new perspectives on the characters, storylines, and themes of Game of Thrones. Draws on great philosophers from ancient Greece to modern America to explore intriguing topics such as the strange creatures of Westeros, the incestuous relationship of Jaime and Cersei Lannister, and what the kings of Westeros can show us about virtue and honor (or the lack thereof) as they play their game of thrones"--Provided by publisher.

LEGO and Philosophy

Constructing Reality Brick By Brick

Author: William Irwin,Roy T. Cook,Sondra Bacharach

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119193974

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

View: 1160

LEGO and Creativity -- LEGO, Ethics, and Rules -- LEGO and Identity -- LEGO, Consumption, and Culture -- LEGO, Metaphysics, and Math

The Art of Bioshock Infinite

Author: Julian Murdoch

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

ISBN: 1621157334

Category: Art

Page: 184

View: 5032

In The Art of BioShock Infinite, delve deeper into the city of Columbia—the fabled floating metropolis that serves as a beacon of technology and achievement for the early 1900s! This deluxe hardcover features production designs and concept illustrations focusing on main characters Booker DeWitt, Elizabeth, and Songbird from the BioShock Infinite video game. See the evolution of Sky-Hooks, Heavy Hitters, the populace of Columbia, Vigors, airships, and much more! * BioShock Infinite won over 75 video game awards, including Best Original Game and Best of Show! * Introduction by creative director Ken Levine.