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The University of Central Oklahoma physical campus will be closed to all but essential employees beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 26, through at least April 15. UCO will transition to alternative instructional delivery methods from March 28 through the end of the spring semester. Many university services will continue to be available online. For more information, visit the university's COVID-19 website.

Professor/Chair

University of Central Oklahoma
msilcox@uco.edu (405) 974-5625 Humanities and Philosophy LAN 205C , Box 166

Education and Certifications

Ph.D., Philosophy, The Ohio State University, 2002.

M.A., Philosophy, University of Toronto, 1993.

B.A., Philosophy and English, University of Toronto, 1992.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Books

A Defense of Simulated Experience: New Noble Lies, Routledge (January 2019)

Philosophy through Video Games (with Jon Cogburn), Routledge (December, 2008)

Edited Anthologies

Experience Machines: The Philosophy of Virtual Worlds, Rowman and Littlefield International (July, 2017)

Dungeons & Dragons and Philosophy: Raiding the Temple of Wisdom (with Jon Cogburn), Open Court (September, 2012)

Some Recent Publications

“The Transition into Virtual Reality” in Disputatio (forthcoming)

“The Many Faces of Gossip in Emma” (with Heidi Silcox) in Oxford Studies in Philosophy  and Literature: Jane Austen’s Emma, Ed. Eva Dadlez, Oxford University Press  (November, 2018)

“Agonistic Moralism,” in Contemporary Aesthetics (September, 2018)

“Video Games and the ‘Theater of Love’” in The Aesthetics of Video Games, Eds. Grant Tavinor and Jonathan Robson (March, 2018)

Classes Taught

  • PHIL 1113: Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 3163: Contemporary Philosophy
  • PHIL 3103: Ethical Theory
  • PHIL 3303: Metaphysics
  • PHIL 3733: Philosophy of Language

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