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Zelda and Philosophy Coming Out, and We Have Some Great Info About the Editor

I’ve seen many philosophy books written with pop-culture in mind. I’ve seen philosophy books with the Simpsons, The Matrix, and even baseball. So seeing a book that studies life though the Legend of Zelda isn’t to surprising. Heck, I might even pick this up, the other books I just mentioned are actually pretty good, and you get great insight on life. After doing a search for the Editor Luke Cuddy, the only thing we came up with is this book, so this could be a first for him. So all you gamers, give him a round of applause-maybe even a Wikipedia page.

We did however find his blog, and found some info about him. Mr.Cuddy teaches online course on philosophy at Southwestern College near his home in Southern California. “I love philosophy and, consequently, try to push it on anyone who will listen, including my students,” he wrote on his blog and adding,

“Like many, my research interests change depending on what day of the week you ask me. But there are a few topics that continue to spark my interest: philosophy of art, eastern thought, pop-culture and philosophy, games and philosophy. I am especially interested in this last topic since games are sometimes thought to be frivolous activities unworthy of philosophical attention. But games of all kinds—from board to video—embody rich areas of human innovation, to say the least. Turning a philosophical eye to games has the potential to uncover more interesting aspects of human nature than one might first imagine”.

Al right, Luke Cuddy-you had me at hello. Just because of his quote, I’m buying the book and I hope you will to. Read the description of the book after the break. Buy it here if you’re already sold.

With both young and adult gamers as loyal fans, The Legend of Zelda is one of the most beloved video game series ever created. The contributors to this volume consider the following questions and more: What is the nature of the gamer’s connection to Link? Does Link have a will, or do gamers project their wills onto him? How does the gamer experience the game? Do the rules of logic apply in the game world? How is space created and distributed in Hyrule (the fictional land in which the game takes place)? How does time function? Is Zelda art? Can Hyrule be seen as an ideal society? Can the game be enjoyable without winning? The Legend of Zelda and Philosophy not only appeals to Zelda fans and philosophers but also puts video games on the philosophical map as a serious area of study.

Thanks to gonintendo for finding the book.

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