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Adiaphora

Adiaphora is a game for moderating discussions on the moral significance of just about any topic (from social media to the invention of the clock, from political activism to athletic competition). Specifically, Adiaphora invites players to use expressive creativity and philosophical subtlety to find their way beyond polarized absolutes in moral discourse. The game is based on an ancient Greek concept, Adiaphora, which refers to a category of ‘indifferent’ things that are neither absolutely good nor bad.

All you need to print and play Adiaphora with your discussion group is here:

AdiaphoraGame


Parrhesia

Parrhesia is an equitable discussion moderation game that can be used as an add-on to any seminar-style or small group discussion. In this game players are dealt three cards that allow them to boldly challenge and critique the very power structures (the discussion norms and apparatuses) that privilege who gets to share, what gets shared, and how it gets to be shared during discussions.

The game evolved in a college seminar on Michel Foucault who uses the term Parrhesia to refer to frank, authentic, and dangerous speech acts. In this seminar the game made visible the marginalizing and privileging forces of power. After each discussion, players created and added in new cards to further speak back to power and advance equitable discussion (ranging from cards that called out implicit sexist narratives to cards that brought in lighthearted humor (such as Foucault puns) into the discussion).

Instructions and example cards are included here:

ParrhesiaGame


Transvaluation

Transvalution is a discussion moderation game that engages players in creative expression, philosophical subtlety, and a plurality of worldviews. The game is based on Friedrich Nietzsche’s insight that when values (such as charity and purity) travel across places and time, their very meaning becomes uncritically re-envisioned, even reversed. Indeed, two worldviews may both cherish a value such as justice, yet not realize that they hold two different, even contradictory, meanings of it. In this game players make the often invisible process of transvaluation visible through art and discussion.

All you need to print and play is here:

TransvaluationGame