I’m C. Thi Nguyen. I used to be a food writer, now I’m a philosophy professor at University of Utah. I write about trust, art, games, and communities. I’m 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 shape temporary agencies for artistic purposes. And games turn out to be our way of writing down and communicating modes of agency; by playing them, we can try out different forms of agency.  (Here’s a summary of the book.)

You can reach me at <c dot thi dot nguyen at utah dot edu>.


Selected Papers (and the complete list)

Games and the Art of Agency (Philosophical Review)

Trust as an Unquestioning Attitude (OSE)

Autonomy and Aesthetic Engagement (Mind) (audio)

The Arts of Action (Philosopher’s Imprint)

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)

Art is a Game (Forum for Philosophy)

The Gamification of Public Discourse (Royal Institute of Philosophy)

How We Can Understand Ourselves Through Games (OUP)

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

Manifesto for Public Philosophy (Daily Nous)


I tweet at @add_hawk.

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