Category Archives: Philosopy & Technology

Four Evocative Landscapes in World of Warcraft’s Draenor

So I began looking for beauty in Draenor and found it all around me, even in the highly hostile Tanaan Jungle. Of course, what I find beautiful in Draenor landscapes may not appeal to other people; after all, there is … Continue reading

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The I Ching and the Pandaren Starting Zone: PHI in WoW 7

In most starting zones I’ve leveled alone. Not so on Wandering Isle. A new pandaren avatar soon has two companions, a female and male pandaren. In fact, the storyline’s abiding theme is collaboration based on the complementarity of opposite perspectives, … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Life in the Dwarf Starting Zone: PHI in WoW 6

“What is the meaning of life?” is a big fuzzy question, one that few philosophers address. Yet most of us have asked this or similar questions at one time or another. Questions related to life’s meaning seemed to stalk me … Continue reading

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Free Will v. Determinism in the Undead Starting Zone: PHI in WoW 5

Is free will an illusion? This starting zone offers the opportunity to grapple with this and related questions. As I did in the first four installments, I begin with my character’s narrative, then introduce the issue and raise questions in … Continue reading

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Environmental Philosophy in the Night Elf Starting Zone: PHI in WoW 4

While working through the night elf starting zone, I found myself reflecting on the morality of killing wildlife in order to preserve what we humans consider the natural balance. Nature is fluid, flexible, ever-changing over time. Perhaps there’s no such … Continue reading

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Game Aesthetics in the Night Elf Starting Zone: PHI in WoW 3

Should videogame narratives be considered art? Over the past decade some scholars of literature, game studies, and philosophy have grappled with this question. I didn’t mean to do it too, but my avatar Yvois unwittingly got herself in a jam … Continue reading

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Ethics in the Worgen Starting Zone: PHI in WoW 2

In my previous post I began exploring ways that World of Warcraft (WoW) starting zones could serve as sites for teaching and learning philosophy. First I presented Yvyy’s narrative about her experiences in the first part of the Worgen zone; … Continue reading

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