Competitive Persuasion Games

The next generation of Cafe Philosophy.

Philosophy Sports is a series of games of competitive persuasion first staged in the Greater Vancouver area in late 2017. It has since become a boardgame on its way to becoming an app on a phone near your.

Games of competitive persuasion provide intensive interactive philosophy experiences that feature confrontation of opposing worldviews, collaborative argument construction, real-time Internet-mediated voting to enhance facilitated inquiry, plus measurement of persuasive effectiveness. Players score points for effective persuasion, but can only win by changing their own mind. Designed for the post-truth era, these philosophy games aim to revivify public reason and deepen civil discourse in the spirit of inclusiveness, fun and fair competition. They represent a radical new way to play philosophy and enact democracy.

These games improve arguments through play, and develop players through friendly competition governed by the sporting values of betterment, fun, inclusiveness, respect, and fair play. Contrary to the adversarial model of debate, in which only those who lose learn, in these truth games one wins only by changing one’s mind. Only reasonableness is rewarded, undercutting the idiosyncrasy of standard modes of public participatory philosophy.

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