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Games: Agency As Art

C. Thi Nguyen


Games are a unique art form. Game designers don’t just create a world; they create who you will be in that world. They tell you what abilities to use and what goals to take on. In other words, games work in the medium of agency. This book explores what games have to teach us about our own rationality and agency. We have the capacity for a peculiar sort of motivational inversion. For some of us, winning is not the point. We take on an interest in winning temporarily, so that we can play the game. Thus, we are capable of taking on temporary and disposable ends. At the center of this book is a vi ... More

Keywords: games, philosophy of games, agency, practical reason, autonomy, motivation, aesthetics, philosophy of art, play, philosophy of play

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190052089
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190052089.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

C. Thi Nguyen, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Utah Valley University

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