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Do demons and devils have free will? Does justice exist in Menzoberranzan? What's the morality involved with player characters casting necromancy and summoning spells? Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy probes the rich terrain of philosophically compelling concepts and ideas that underlie Dungeons and Dragons, the legendary fantasy role-playing game that grew into a world-wide cultural phenomenon. A series of accessible essays reveals what the imaginary worlds of D and D can teach us about ethics, morality, metaphysics and more. It illustrates a wide variety of philosophical concepts and ideas that arise in Dungeons and Dragons game play and presents them in an accessible and entertaining manner. It reveals how the strategies, tactics, improvisations, and role-play employed by D and D enthusiasts have startling parallels in the real world of philosophy. It explores a wide range of philosophical topics, including the nature of free will, the metaphysics of personal identity, the morality of crafting fictions, sex and gender issues in tabletop game play, and friendship and collaborative storytelling. It also provides gamers with deep philosophical insights that can lead to a richer appreciation of D and D and any gaming experience.

Abbreviations Used in the Text viii

Introduction: A Game Like No Other 1

Part I Lawful Good vs. Chaotic Evil 5

1 Sympathy for the Devils: Free Will and Dungeons & Dragons 7 Greg Littmann

2 Paragons and Knaves: Does Good Character Make for a Good Character? 23 J.K. Miles and Karington Hess

3 Is Anyone Actually Chaotic Evil?: A Playable Theory of Willful Wrongdoing 35 Neil Mussett

Part II So Did You Win? Philosophy and D&D Gameplay 61

4 Save vs. Death: Some Reflections on the Lifecycle of PCs 63 Christopher Robichaud

5 To My Other Self: Reflection and Existentialism in Dungeons & Dragons 72 Rob Crandall and Charles Taliaferro

6 Player-Character Is What You Are in the Dark: The Phenomenology of Immersion in Dungeons & Dragons 82 William J. White

Part III Crafting Worlds 93

7 Imagination and Creation: The Morality of Fiction in Dungeons & Dragons 95 Robert A. Delfino and Jerome C. Hillock

8 Dungeonmastery as Soulcraft 106 Ben Dyer

Part IV Foray into the Forgotten Realms and Dragonlance 119

9 Menzoberranzan: A Perfect Unjust State 121 Matt Hummel

10 Who Is Raistlin Majere? 132 Kevin McCain

Part V The Ethics of Spellcasting 145

11 Expediency and Expendability: An Exhumation of the Morality of Necromancy 147 Matthew Jones and Ashley Brown

12 By Friendship or Force: Is it Ethical to Summon Animals to Fight by Your Side in Dungeons & Dragons? 163 Samantha Noll

Part VI Dungeons & Dragons out in the Real World 173

13 Kill her, kill her! Oh God, I m sorry! : Spectating Dungeons & Dragons 175 Esther MacCallum-Stewart

14 Berserker in a Skirt: Sex and Gender in Dungeons & Dragons 189 Shannon M. Mussett

15 Others play at dice : Friendship and Dungeons & Dragons 202 Jeffery L. Nicholas

Contributors 217

Index 223


Szczegóły: Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy

Tytuł: Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy
Producent: John Wiley
ISBN: 9781118397626
Rok produkcji: 2013
Ilość stron: 240
Oprawa: Miękka
Waga: 0.31 kg


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Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy

Do demons and devils have free will? Does justice exist in Menzoberranzan? What's the morality involved with player characters casting necromancy and summoning spells? Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy probes the rich terrain of philosophically compelling concepts and ideas that underlie Dungeons and Dragons, the legendary fantasy role-playing game that grew into a world-wide cultural phenomenon. A series of accessible essays reveals what the imaginary worlds of D and D can teach us about ethics, morality, metaphysics and more. It illustrates a wide variety of philosophical concepts and ideas that arise in Dungeons and Dragons game play and presents them in an accessible and entertaining manner. It reveals how the strategies, tactics, improvisations, and role-play employed by D and D enthusiasts have startling parallels in the real world of philosophy. It explores a wide range of philosophical topics, including the nature of free will, the metaphysics of personal identity, the morality of crafting fictions, sex and gender issues in tabletop game play, and friendship and collaborative storytelling. It also provides gamers with deep philosophical insights that can lead to a richer appreciation of D and D and any gaming experience.

Abbreviations Used in the Text viii

Introduction: A Game Like No Other 1

Part I Lawful Good vs. Chaotic Evil 5

1 Sympathy for the Devils: Free Will and Dungeons & Dragons 7 Greg Littmann

2 Paragons and Knaves: Does Good Character Make for a Good Character? 23 J.K. Miles and Karington Hess

3 Is Anyone Actually Chaotic Evil?: A Playable Theory of Willful Wrongdoing 35 Neil Mussett

Part II So Did You Win? Philosophy and D&D Gameplay 61

4 Save vs. Death: Some Reflections on the Lifecycle of PCs 63 Christopher Robichaud

5 To My Other Self: Reflection and Existentialism in Dungeons & Dragons 72 Rob Crandall and Charles Taliaferro

6 Player-Character Is What You Are in the Dark: The Phenomenology of Immersion in Dungeons & Dragons 82 William J. White

Part III Crafting Worlds 93

7 Imagination and Creation: The Morality of Fiction in Dungeons & Dragons 95 Robert A. Delfino and Jerome C. Hillock

8 Dungeonmastery as Soulcraft 106 Ben Dyer

Part IV Foray into the Forgotten Realms and Dragonlance 119

9 Menzoberranzan: A Perfect Unjust State 121 Matt Hummel

10 Who Is Raistlin Majere? 132 Kevin McCain

Part V The Ethics of Spellcasting 145

11 Expediency and Expendability: An Exhumation of the Morality of Necromancy 147 Matthew Jones and Ashley Brown

12 By Friendship or Force: Is it Ethical to Summon Animals to Fight by Your Side in Dungeons & Dragons? 163 Samantha Noll

Part VI Dungeons & Dragons out in the Real World 173

13 Kill her, kill her! Oh God, I m sorry! : Spectating Dungeons & Dragons 175 Esther MacCallum-Stewart

14 Berserker in a Skirt: Sex and Gender in Dungeons & Dragons 189 Shannon M. Mussett

15 Others play at dice : Friendship and Dungeons & Dragons 202 Jeffery L. Nicholas

Contributors 217

Index 223

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Tytuł: Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy
Producent: John Wiley
ISBN: 9781118397626
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