Thi Nguyen

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  • Thi Nguyen
  • Philosophy, University of Utah
  • “Value Capture”


Thi Nguyen headshotC. Thi Nguyen is a philosophy professor at University of Utah, where he writes about trust, art, games, and communities. He is interested in the ways that our social structures and technologies shape how we think and what we value.

His first book, Games: Agency as Art, is 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.)