Library or Congress Cataloglng-In-Publlcatlon Data. Carse, James P. Finite and infinite games. Includes index. 1. Life. 2. Games-Symbolic aspects. 3. Religion. Finite Games and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility by James P. Carse was definitely an exciting read for me, and if you consider yourself a. quotes from Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility : ‘To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared fo.

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Still in print and published in a dozen or more languages, the entire first chapter reads: One must know what one wants and that one wants. This article relies too much on references to primary sources. We do not relate to others as the persons we are; we are who we are in relating to others. Or as an exception? In particular, his ideas point to why an anarchist revolution, or for that matter, any true revolution, cannot be a finite game, i. Simultaneously the others with whom we are in relation are themselves in relation.

While meditating on the nature of time and evil, Carse packs into a tiny page book startlingly radical ideas about everything from sexuality and property to war and poetry. One could be called finite, the other infinite. For example, since only the finite games have a beginning and an end, only those can have winners.

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Automobiles do not make travel possible, but make it possible for us to move locations without traveling. December Learn how and when to remove this template message. The same applies to schools and colleges where attaining superior grade averages, degrees, and honors absorb the lives of students. One is always ill with relation to some bounded activity. You will remain deaf to my explanations until you suspect yourself of falsehood. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


What I took away: Properly speaking, a culture does not have a tradition; it is a tradition. By using carxe site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Wiese related Finite and Infinite Games to the practice of Hospital Medicine and I was so intrigued, that I gave a talk myself on the topic, borrowing from Dr. Carse, Finite and Infinite Games: This is motherhood as theatrical role.

As a result, reading this book really provokes you think about life: Spoken to me, your words become mine do with as I please. The future is open and unpredictable. Who must be a world cannot be a world. They invite them to become a people in passage.

Both within and outside of that state there will be powerful and passionate interests, all of which will have infijite and benefits to the political actors conducting the negotiations. Any attempt to vary from the past in such a way as to cut the past off, causing it to be forgotten, has little cultural importance.

I cannot use machinery without using with another.

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

A machine infinire not a way of doing something; it stands in the way of doing something. Continually pushing my personal horizons, Carse reminds me of what I often choose to forget: I feel like in some sense the idea of pretty much every aspect of human society being a “game” onfinite and does sound odd in the sense you’d mean when saying “It’s just a game”. See 1 question about Finite and Infinite Games….


We cannot relate to anyone who is not also relating to us. Mar 16, Brian rated it did not like it.

Whoever merely follows the script, merely repeating the past, is culturally impoverished. Since your opponents seek only to make you a loser, the play actually stands in the way of their desired result.

A true Master Player completes a game only for the theater of it. He describes human pursuits as either dramatic enacted in the present or theatrical performed according to a script of some kind.

It is not a scripted repetition of the past but the creative labor of imagining an open future, a future that stays open. Written decades before, however, Carse’s book is a unique and fascinating attempt to adopt the “game” as a framework for all of human behavior. But if we just think and see a game as a system where there are players and some content in the game and everything else is optional.

It is freakin’ awesome.