Roll Wisdom: Philosophy and Tabletop Roleplaying Games

Join the Virtual Philosophy network ( ) and profession philosopher, writer and game designer, Trystan Goetze for a discussion of philosophy and tabletop roleplaying games.

Tabletop roleplaying games (TTRPG) like Dungeons and Dragons are  more popular than ever before. But rarely do we pause to consider some of the deeper questions raised by these games.  In this talk, I want to argue for two things: first, that philosophy can improve your games; and second, that games can do philosophy. To do this, I will employ C. Thi Nguyen's theory of games from his recent book "Games: Agency as Art" (


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Additional Information

Dr. Goetze is currently a Banting Fellow at Dalhousie University. His areas of research specialization are social epistemology and moral philosophy. As a game designer, he has published pieces for use with 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons, as well as numerous other games
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