I’m C. Thi Nguyen. I used to be a food writer, now I’m a philosophy professor at Utah Valley University. These days, I write about trust, art, games, and communities. I’m really interested in the ways that our social structures and technologies shape how we think and what we value.


My first book is Games: Agency as Art. It’s about how games are the art form that work in the medium of agency. A game designer doesn’t just create a world – they create who we are in that world. Games turn out to be our way of writing down and communicating styles of practicality. Games are a library of agencies. And by playing games, we can explore different forms of agency. (Now available for pre-order!)


Selected Papers (and the complete list)

Games and the Art of Agency (Philosophical Review)

Trust as an Unquestioning Attitude (runner-up for Sanders Epistemology Prize 2019)

Autonomy and Aesthetic Engagement (Mind) (audio recording)

Moral Outrage Porn with Bekka Williams (Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy)

Echo Chambers and Epistemic Bubbles (Episteme)

Cultural Appropriation and the Intimacy of Groups, with Matt Strohl (Philosophical Studies)


Selected Popular Work (and the complete list)

Why We Call Things ‘Porn’ (New York Times)

Escape the Echo Chamber (Aeon Magazine)

The Gamification of Public Discourse (Royal Institute of Philosophy)

The Aesthetics of Rock Climbing (Philosopher’s Magazine)

What’s Missing From Cookbook Reviews  (Aesthetics for Birds). 

Manifesto for Public Philosophy (Daily Nous)


I tweet at @add_hawk.

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