In this episode I talk to Christopher Yorke. Christopher is a PhD candidate at The Open University. He specialises in the philosophical study of utopianism and is currently completing a dissertation titled ‘Bernard Suits’ Utopia of Gameplay: A Critical Analysis’. We talk about all things utopian, including what a ‘utopia’ is, why space exploration is associated with utopian thinking, and whether Bernard Suits’ is correct to say that games are the highest ideal of human existence.
- 0:00 – Introduction
- 2:00 – Why did Christopher choose to study utopianism?
- 6:44 – What is a ‘utopia’? Defining the ideal society
- 14:00 – Is utopia practically achievable?
- 19:34 – Why are dystopias easier to imagine that utopias?
- 23:00 – Blueprints vs Horizons – different understandings of the utopian project
- 26:40 – What do philosophers bring to the study of utopia?
- 30:40 – Why is space exploration associated with utopianism?
- 39:20 – Kant’s Perpetual Peace vs the Final Frontier
- 47:09 – Suits’s Utopia of Games: What is a game?
- 53:16 – Is game-playing the highest ideal of human existence?
- 1:01:15 – What kinds of games will Suits’s utopians play?
- 1:14:41 – Is a post-instrumentalist society really intelligible?
- Christopher Yorke’s Academia.edu page
- ‘Prospects for Utopia in Space’ by Christopher Yorke
- ‘Endless Summer: What kinds of games will Suits’s Utopians Play?’ by Christopher Yorke
- ‘The Final Frontier: Space Exploration as Utopia Project‘ by John Danaher
- ‘The Utopia of Games: Intelligible or Unintelligible‘ by John Danaher
- Other posts on utopianism and the good life
- The Grasshopper by Bernard Suits