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Finite and Infinite Games has ratings and reviews. This book, along with James Carse’s, The Religious Case Against Belief, The Inner Game of. Library or Congress Cataloglng-In-Publlcatlon Data. Carse, James P. Finite and infinite games. Includes index. 1. Life. 2. Games-Symbolic aspects. 3. Religion. It’s an oddly written, extremely concise, very thought-provoking book. It definitely needs to be re-read times. Make sure you’re thinking on the plane of infinite.

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All the goals, aims, achievements, letdowns in life are just a part of the overall game of life THE infinite game, go play.

At HSD, we value both games equally, and help people know what it means to play each one well. Dec 11, Apio rated it really liked it Shelves: After the game, no one argues about the score.

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Finite and Infinite Games

Both within and outside of that state there will be powerful and passionate interests, all of which will have costs and benefits to the political actors conducting the negotiations. This page was last edited on 6 Octoberat The problem is that this is simply dichotomy view by his arbitrary categorization. Without advanced mathematical skills, I found myself reflecting on the nature of play itself, especially play that saw no value in winning, or even play that actively avoided winning.

Infunite theory, it became clear at once, is a maddeningly subtle subject, especially in its mathematical and scientific expressions.

Onl This book is about Carse’s personal philosophy, told in a uniquely striking way. To give you some taste of the book, finite game and infinite game are separately described as dramatic or theatrical.


Everyone plays in an Infinite Game, and the field is not clearly defined. The text will be slightly redacted.

And then there is stuff like this: I feel like in some sense the idea of pretty much every aspect of human society being a “game” can and does sound odd in the sense you’d mean when saying “It’s just a game”.

Certainly the price for refusing it is high, but that there is a price at all points to the fact that oppressors themselves acknowledge that even the weakest of their subjects must agree to be oppressed. Think of tariffs, for example, or exports of powerful weapons. They have different characteristics such as in a finite game you assume a role, there are rules about the game that can’t change during the game, and the game can be won or lost, and there’s an audience.

No trivia or quizzes yet. The result was a page book initially published in by The Free Press. Similarly, a radio must cease to exist as equipment and become sound.

Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility by James P. Carse

If you enjoy continental philosophers, you may enjoy this. When machinery functions perfectly it ceases to be there—but so do we. Carse, in his book Finite and Infinite Gamesoffers a perspective that names the two and helps you know when, how, and why to play each kind of game. I’m reserving my judgment until after a second, more cognizant reading. Jun 27, DJ rated it liked it Recommends it for: I will leave out the elisions.


Yet that very self-consciousness is a reminder that genuine communication is only achieved through vulnerability. Distinctions of this nature abound in this slim volume. The thoughts are succinct, but require consideration before they come easily. One of my all time favourites! For the rest, Carse will simply by an eloquent charlatan, pumping out more fluff than Durkee-Mower. So too with thoughts. Finite wnd Infinite Games. This is an odd book and I’m still trying to figure out what I really think about it.

I ijfinite this when I was young and found it be a bit goofy. As a result, reading this book really provokes you think about life: Who must be a world cannot be a world. Carse spans objective and subjective realms and bridges many gaps among different scholarly traditions.

Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility

Even with the collapse of a country, that infinite game would simple evolve to affect other kinds of finite games. This contradiction has a number of consequences.

I feel that the tension between these two basic dispositions traverses my whole personal biography. Never mind, the point is – everything is a game. Finite players find themselves in a strange situation: The parts jaes property and war as societal controls were interesting. It doesn’t care what you do, but only the withered in spirit can be left unchanged.