Christopher C. Yorke




Institutional affiliation

Department of Philosophy, The Open University


PhD Candidate

Research interests relevant to game philosophy

I’m currently writing up my dissertation, entitled “Bernard Suits’ Utopia of Gameplay: A Critical Analysis”, under the joint supervision of Jon Pike and Alex Barber. The main theoretical contributions of the work will be a delimitation of the conceptual space that utopian games can occupy (by definition); an account of what existentially meaningful gameplay is; and an analysis of why physiological fixity must ground all sports activities, utopian or otherwise. I’m also conducting research on what Hurka and Bradford have to say about the ‘goods’ of difficulty and achievement.

Publications and presentations relevant to game philosophy

“Endless Summer: What Kinds of Games Will Suits’ Utopians Play?”
Published in Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, Vol. 44, No. 2, pp. 213-228, 2017.

Review of Randolph Feezell’s Playing Games: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Sport through Dialogue
Published in Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, Vol. 44, No. 3, 2017.

“What Is the Value of an Intra-Lusory Autotelic Achievement?”
Currently under review by Journal of the Philosophy of Sport.

“Revisiting Bernard Suits’ ‘A Perfectly Played Game’”
Forthcoming in Sports, Ethics, and Philosophy (special issue: “Bernard Suits’ Legacy: New Inspirations and Interpretations”), 2018.


Bernard Suits; utopianism; existentialism; philosophy of sport; philosophy of games


Christopher C. Yorke