C. Thi Nguyen



United States

Institutional affiliation

Utah Valley University


Assistant Professor

Research interests relevant to game philosophy

I am interested in discussions of the value of games, the discussion of whether games are an art form and what sort of art form they could be. I am particularly interested in accounts of what it is to play a game, and different values that may accrue to games.

Publications and presentations relevant to game philosophy

Many of the below publications are available at https://uvu.academia.edu/ChrisNguyen

"Philosophy of Games", Philosophy Compass, forthcoming.

"The Forms and Fluidity of Game Play," Suits and Games, ed. Thomas Hurka, forthcoming. New York: Oxford University Press.

"Games and the Moral Transformation of Violence," The Aesthetics of Videogames, ed. Grant Tavinor and Jon Robson, forthcoming. New York: Routledge.

"Competition as Cooperation," Journal of the Philosophy of Sport
(44) 1, 2017: 123-37.

"Good Violence, Bad Violence: the Ethics of Competition in Multiplayer Games" (with Jose Zagal), DiGRA/FDG ’16 – Proceedings of the First International Joint Conference of DiGRA and FDD, 2016.

"Games and the Art of Agency," Pacific Division APA Conference 2017.

"Two Senses of Play," University of North Carolina Aesthetics Group, 2013

"Two Senses of Play," Intermountain Philosophy Conference, 2013


aesthetics, agency, competition, violence


C. Thi Nguyen


Philosophy, Epistemology, Aesthetics, Value Theory, Metaethics