The Philosophy of Bioshock
[Ayn Rand, Rapture, Plasmids, Civil War]
“We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us.” -Andrew Ryan
This presentation on the Philosophy of Bioshock draws heavily from the lore & book “Bioshock: Rapture”, as well as the original game released in 2007. It features the life of Andrew Ryan, Rapture’s backstory, the many challenges that the inhabitants of Rapture faced, and how Rapture’s downfall also mirrors our turbulent times.
Bioshock was inspired by the works and the life of Ayn Rand. It depicts the glory of heroism, the triumph of the individual and the success of capitalism – which is all set against the historical backdrop of early Russian and American society.
There’s much to be said about this remarkable game which inspired this presentation. It was the first pop culture piece that introduced me to libertarianism, objectivism and heroism – which are all central themes found in Ayn Rand’s work. It was also the first presentation I created in the style of “Philosophy of” under the Love Life & Anarchy brand, which helped me develop the skills and experiences needed for the creation of “The Case Against Breadtube” and the more renowned “The Jewish Question V1”.
But what I’m most proud of is introducing gamers who loved the Bioshock experience to the authentic and very relevant themes of philosophy, libertarianism, individualism, reason and capitalism that were expanded on within this presentation. Through the characters of Bioshock and the underwater city of Rapture, I was able to convey these complex, timeless and beautiful concepts powerfully. I hope to show that these themes are not just something fictional that was used to carry the story of Bioshock over, but that it can be used in your personal life to provide real world happiness and benefits – as it did for me.
You can learn more about my personal experience and discover how Andrew Ryan/Ayn Rand planted the ideology roots that eventually cultivated into Love Life & Anarchy by purchasing the commentary track for this presentation.
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