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Why computer games can be essential for human flourishing

Barbro Fröding (Division of Philosophy, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden)
Martin Peterson (Section for Philosophy and Ethics, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands)

Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society

ISSN: 1477-996X

Article publication date: 17 May 2013

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to argue that playing computer games for lengthy periods of time, even in a manner that will force the player to forgo certain other activities normally seen as more important, can be an integral part of human flourishing.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors' claim is based on a modern reading of Aristotle's Nichomacean Ethics. It should be emphasized that the authors do not argue that computer gaming and other similar online activities are central to all people under all circumstances; but only seek to show that the claim holds true for some people under some circumstances and the authors try to spell out the relevant circumstances in detail.

Findings

The authors provide a list of situations in which playing computer games for lengthy periods of time, in a manner that will force the player to forgo certain other activities normally seen as more important, is an integral part of human flourishing.

Originality/value

The paper puts some novel pressure on the widely‐held belief that playing computer games for lengthy periods of time, in a manner that will force the player to forgo certain other activities normally seen as more important. The paper claims that playing some computer games and partaking in some forms of online activities could be highly conducive to what it actually means in practice to take care of oneself and, to paraphrase Aristotle, to be eager for fine actions.

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Citation

Fröding, B. and Peterson, M. (2013), "Why computer games can be essential for human flourishing", Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 81-91. https://doi.org/10.1108/JICES-01-2013-0001

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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