Department of Philosophy, University of Twente
|Research interests relevant to game philosophy||
My PhD dissertation mainly dealt with the epistemology, ontology and ethics of virtual worlds, with a particular focus on their potential impact on personal well-being. Following this, my main research interests lie in the intersections between Information Technology, on the one hand, and both theoretical and practical philosophy, on the other. I often ground my work in psychological research, especially work in the field of Positive Psychology. I have published and lectured extensively on issues such as the ethical, societal and psychological effects of technology (especially related to the notion of well-being), gaming, Internet governance and the moral status of information.
|Publications and presentations relevant to game philosophy||
Søraker, J.H. (2013): ” The ethics of exploiting psychological research in video games”. TEDx Twente, October 11, 2013
Søraker, J.H. (2012): “Virtual worlds and their challenge to philosophy: Understanding the ‘intravirtual’ and the ‘extravirtual’”. Metaphilosophy 43(4): 499-512.
Søraker, J.H. (2012): “How Shall I Compare Thee? Comparing the Prudential Value of Actual and Virtual Friendship“. Ethics and Information Technology 14 (3):209-219.
Søraker, J.H. (2012): “Virtually Good? Disclosing the Presuppositions Behind the Claimed Inferiority of Virtual Worlds” in Brey, P., Briggle, A. and Spence, E., eds., The Good Life in a Technological Age [Routledge Studies in Science, Technology, and Society]. London: Routledge, pp. 225-238.
Søraker, J.H. (2011): “Virtual Entities, Environments, World and Reality – Suggested definitions and taxonomy”. In C. Ess and M. Thorseth, eds., Trust and Virtual Worlds: Contemporary Perspectives. Peter Lang Publishing, pp. 44-74.
Søraker, J.H. (2010): The Value of Virtual Worlds and Entities – A Philosophical Analysis of Virtual Worlds and Their Potential Impact on Well-Being [dissertation]. Ipskamp: Enschede. ISBN: 978-90-365-3010-1
Søraker, J.H. (2010): “The Neglect of Reason – A Plea for Rationalist Accounts of the Effects of Virtual Violence” [PREPRINT]. In C. Wankel and S. Malleck, eds., Emerging Ethical Issues of Life in Virtual Worlds. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, pp. 15-32. ISBN: 978-1-60752-378-9
Ethics (of technology), Epistemology, Ontology, Well-Being, Psychology
Johnny Hartz Søraker
Philosophy, Psychology, Comparative Literature, Computer programming