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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 05, David rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book. It is an edited book of 18 essays. I gave the book 4 stars because, especially toward the end of the book, the essays didn't really interest me. However, for the most part, it was engaging, humorous and thoughtful. Special mention has to go to the first I really enjoyed this book. This essay espouses the deterministic world view; that is, there is no free will.
After all, Adam and Eve, of their own free will, chose to imbibe in the glorious flesh of the apple and thus exposing their other fleshy desires which ultimately has set all humanity on a spiraling course of misery and mayhem that is thwart with dangerous choices at every turn; bastards! I long ago discarded the illogical monotheist tradition but still held that that was my free will to do so; and perhaps it is.
Was Saint Francis Xavier a determinist? The child is powerless against not only the DNA that constructed it but also the situation, teachings, and thoughts foisted upon it by its surrounds. Lastly, I do put a caveat on those whom might get the most out of this book. Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy Of the books I have read the past month, this certainly is the one that required me to think the most. Anyone who has played Dungeons and Dragons know how much immersion and visualization are key factors.
I believe these elements are powerful to memory. Yet, ask them what they learned in geography or how well the did on a math test on a particular date, and the answer will probably be a resounding no. The immersion factor has branded these moments into our memories so when we think of our youth, Dungeons and Dragons immediately come to mind.
This is just one of the many thoughts this book had me musing. Bravo, authors. Jun 03, Nathan Albright rated it it was amazing Shelves: challenge. This particular book is part of a series  of books that shows how self-professed philosophers pay the bills while also providing some philosophical heft to pop culture. In many ways, it is a quid pro quo that may offend those who are highbrow philosophers who do not fancy that pop culture deserves such credit, but as philosophers are observers of every aspect of life, including popular culture, and have been at least since Socrates and various sophists were parodied in Aristophanes' Clouds, a This particular book is part of a series  of books that shows how self-professed philosophers pay the bills while also providing some philosophical heft to pop culture.
In many ways, it is a quid pro quo that may offend those who are highbrow philosophers who do not fancy that pop culture deserves such credit, but as philosophers are observers of every aspect of life, including popular culture, and have been at least since Socrates and various sophists were parodied in Aristophanes' Clouds, and as they have to pay off their college loans like the rest of us, I do not begrudge the existence of this book and find the series, and this book in particular, an enjoyable read for a variety of reasons, not least because it does manage to show both an obvious appreciation of the culture that is being written about, and also because it addresses major philosophical questions including friendship and virtue in an excellent way.
That is not to say that I agree entirely with the perspectives of the essays, which is not so, but rather that even among those essays whose perspectives I strongly disagreed with I saw the effort taken by the writer as a serious and worthwhile one. The contents of this book are divided, as is common in the series, into several parts which themselves contain two or three essays apiece. The parts are given titles like Lawful Good vs. This puts the writers in a tough position, in seeking to encourage play and pooh pooh the idea that certain things are evil in themselves without rejecting the idea of a legitimate moral order or the effect of game playing on character.
The resulting tension between the social and political aims of the authors, and their obvious love and support of the games and game playing, as well as a wide variety of different philosophical approaches, make for a fascinating collection of essays that any slumming philosopher would be very proud to call their own. May 07, Ahimsa rated it really liked it.
A great job with a wide variety of topics. I'd like to have seen less emphasis on Western philosophers, especially the fucking Socratics. But it's good fun and keeps it at the layman's level. Worth reading for for the article on necromancy alone. May 05, Melvalan Uircalen rated it it was amazing Shelves: d-and-d , fantasy , philosophy.
This book caught my eye, and slightly sceptically, but still intrigued, I added it to my basked. A mathematician by training I was immediately drawn in by the deep philosophical nature of this book.
A breath of fresh air, one could almost say. Apart from in maybe one or two of the articles in this book I found myself, often repeatedly, going "why have I never thought of that", or "that makes excellent sense", or "what a great point to make", or "that's an interesting way of looking at it". Finding yourself constantly stopping whilst reading and going "this has implications for x, y, z, After having read the book I feel slightly sad that I didn't pay more attention during philosophy courses in upper secondary school and university, as the points and arguments presented are very interesting, and at least to me, hard hitting.
Dec 04, Seth Kenlon rated it really liked it Shelves: gaming. This book isn't quite what I'd expected. Maybe that would have been yet-another-source-book in the end, though, and what this book is instead is a c This book isn't quite what I'd expected.
It is an interesting read, even if it wasn't exactly what I'd expected. If you're interested in philosophy, and how it emerges in pop culture, then this book will be of interest, especially if the brand of pop culture that appeals to you is tabletop-RPG-centric.
Jan 03, Aaron rated it it was amazing. A fun and atylical way to give examples of philosophical arguments that focuses on a semi-popular touchstone.
I feel like this is a little more for DnD players than philosophers but I feel like it definitely gives me ideas as someone who enjoys both. Seriously having glanced at more than a few editions worth of rules and having taken a handful of philosophy courses I couldn't help but find that I'd been asking similar questions as raised in some of these arguments.
Segments on certain spells in g A fun and atylical way to give examples of philosophical arguments that focuses on a semi-popular touchstone. Segments on certain spells in game were particularly familiar paths of thought for me. It was interesting to see someone else meditating on the subject. May 26, Alex Jones rated it really liked it. A mixed bag of some really interesting and some fairly good articles. It contains a large amount looking at all aspects of Dungeons and Dragons from a philosophical perspective - such as ethical issues in the game, the metaphysics of the setting and the act of playing the game.
Some of these are very good, whereas some read more as an introduction to ethics, which after many years of philosophy wasn't quite so necessary. Still, if you're interested broadly in philosophy and you like Dungeons and A mixed bag of some really interesting and some fairly good articles.
Still, if you're interested broadly in philosophy and you like Dungeons and Dragons there's definitely going to be more than a few articles in here to enjoy! Feb 07, Svetlik rated it really liked it. Not expecting much of it, I was drawn to the book by one or two of the essays, but found myself reading almost all of them!
This was an eye opener, and I can relate so heavily to what the authors have said. I see their examples in my mind, I know the fellow players they describe, I am the subject and it is electrifying. I cannot wait to dig into more of the Pop Culture and Philosophy series. Luckily humble bundle sold me a bunch of them! Loved it. A blend of anecdotes and philosophy, this was definitely my cup of tea.
Nov 25, Bastian Greshake Tzovaras rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction. A mixed bag. Some of the essays are quite nice, other's are written just like the stereotype of the boring philosopher would make you expect them to be.
Simone de Beauvoir was an existentialist, and lifelong partner of Sartre. Her blurb loosely refers to The Ethics of Ambiguity , which is one of the major works in existentialist ethics. She describes how the ambiguity of every situation leads to anxiety in the subject, because he is forced to act without knowing what the right thing to do is, or even perhaps what he wants to do. Any attempt to categorize the world or morality into concrete, definable rules is bound to fail, both in practice we will still be left with an ambiguity of how to apply the rules and in theory objective rules cannot supersede free subjective decisions, since morality arises from subjectivity. To overcome this anxiety and become an authentic moral agent, you must accept the ambiguity and act anyway. Sartre's blurb refers to the fact that he practices phenomenology , which is the study of the structures of experience. Via Husserl, he was then 'bracketing' i.
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The game sometimes received negative coverage, especially in the early s during the game's early years. Part of the controversies concern the game and its alleged impact on those who play it, while others concern business issues at the game's original publisher, TSR. The game is now owned by Wizards of the Coast. The moral panic , or feeling of fear spread among many people that some evil threatens the well-being of society ,   around role-playing games peaked between and For example, hobbits were renamed to halflings to avoid copyright issues with J.
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The book is divided into three parts. Readers of Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy will become better players, better thinkers, better dungeon-masters, and better people. Authors look at such metaphysical questions as what separates magic from science, how we express the inexpressible through collaborative storytelling, and what the objects that populate Dungeons and Dragons worlds can teach us about the equally fantastic objects that surround us in the real world. He is co-author of Philosophy Through Video Games He has worked as a freelance writer and designer in the video game industry.
Her name is Myrtle Spencer and she was wearing a blue dress when she was seen last.
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Я уже говорила, что мы ушли до их прибытия. - Вы хотите сказать - после того как стащили кольцо. - Мы его не украли, - искренне удивилась Росио. - Человек умирал, и у него было одно желание.
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Остается только заполнить. Беккер снова вздохнул, решительно подошел к двери и громко постучал. Пора переходить к решительным действиям.
- Прости, что я тебе лгал. Попытка переделать Цифровую крепость - дело серьезное и хлопотное. Я не хотел тебя впутывать. - Я… понимаю, - тихо сказала она, все еще находясь под впечатлением его блистательного замысла. - Вы довольно искусный лжец.
Ее завораживала глубина его темно-зеленых глаз, и она не могла отвести от них взгляд. В этот момент где-то вдали раздался оглушительный колокольный звон. Она потянулась к Дэвиду, но он исчез, и ее руки сомкнулись в пустоте.
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