Steve Bein, writer & philosopher

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Philosofiction: Science Fiction as Vehicle for Philosophical Inquiry

Concurrent with Hawaiicon is the Science Fictions, Popular Cultures convention, which is for a very different kind of nerd: the professional academic. I’m on a panel with Randy Jensen, whose talk is titled “Shall We Play A Game? Teaching Philosophy Through Science Fiction.” He teaches philosophy at Northwestern College in Iowa and he’s found a way to gameify his intro course. I’m looking forward to learning how he did it. Then I present on how to use philosophically provocative science fiction to teach a college-level philosophy course using no traditional philosophical texts.

Join us in the Hamakua Room on Saturday morning at 11:00. This is the only conference where you’ll get to hear a comparative analysis of the great German moral philosopher, Immanuel Kant, and perhaps the most famous American moral philosopher, Batman.