The Philosophy of Computer Games

  • John Richard Sageng
  • Hallvard Fossheim
  • Tarjei Mandt Larsen

Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. John Richard Sageng, Hallvard Fossheim, Tarjei Mandt Larsen
    Pages 1-7
  3. Players and Play

  4. Ethics and Play

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Hallvard Fossheim
      Pages 95-99
    3. Miguel Sicart
      Pages 101-124
    4. Edward H. Spence, Edward H. Spence, Edward H. Spence
      Pages 125-142
    5. Ren Reynolds
      Pages 143-158
  5. Games and Gameworlds

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. John Richard Sageng
      Pages 177-184
    3. Grant Tavinor
      Pages 185-199
    4. Aaron Meskin, Jon Robson
      Pages 201-217
    5. John Richard Sageng
      Pages 219-232
    6. Patrick Coppock
      Pages 259-277
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 279-284

About this book



Computer games have become a major cultural and economic force, and the last decade has seen the emergence of extensive academic study of such games. Up until now there has been little attention from philosophy to investigate the philosophical problems that arise from the phenomenon of computer games. This book fill this lacuna by bringing philosophers and media researchers together in discussions of the basic concepts needed to understand computer games. The essays address central issues such as the reality status of the game environment, gameplay, and the moral evaluation of player or avatar actions. The anthology is required reading for anyone with an academic or professional interest in computer games, and will also be valuable to any reader curious about the philosophical issues that are raised by modern-day digital culture.


Digital Identity Ethics of Computer Games Fictionalism Identity of Avatar Philosophy and Computer Games Philosophy and Contemporare Philosophy and Media Philosophy and Video Games

Editors and affiliations

  • John Richard Sageng
    • 1
  • Hallvard Fossheim
    • 2
  • Tarjei Mandt Larsen
    • 3
  1. 1., PhilosophyUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2., University of Philosophy, Classics, HistUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  3. 3., Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of StavangerStavangerNorway

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-4248-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-4249-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1879-7202
  • Series Online ISSN 1879-7210
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