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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Simultaneously the others with whom we are in relation are themselves in relation. In the end, perhaps you are merely a copy of an actor. I hadn This is one of the best books I have ever read. Finite and Infinite Gams. The problem is that this is simply dichotomy view by his arbitrary categorization.

They are unscripted and unpredictable; they are the source of true freedom. The sounds of the words you speak may lie on your own lips, but if you do not relinquish them entirely to a listener they never become words, and you say nothing at all. I recommend the book because it has several insights that I think are powerful and profound.

It turns out I was right about the general topic, but wrong about the scope.

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 not distance that makes travel necessary, but travel that makes distance possible.

Carse went on to categorize many different things into finite or inf “There are at least two kinds of games. As this rather simple idea developed there were unexpected features of play—especially competitive or finite play—that came into sudden view.


No, it still infknite too playful It was a sequence of unconnected quotable paragraphs usually of the form: The inherent hostility of machine-mediated relatedness is nowhere more obvious than in the instruments of war. Or merely an actor? Finite players find themselves in a strange situation: Return to Book Page.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Want to Read saving…. Power is the ability to control the way others play; strength is the ability to allow others to play as they wish. Yet that very self-consciousness is a reminder that rinite communication is only achieved through vulnerability.

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Finite and Infinite Games Quotes by James P. Carse

Mar 01, Lee rated it it was amazing Recommended to Lee by: Mass Market Paperbackpages. Pro’s con’s are negligible: No one determines who an audience will be. It is therefore not possible to travel through it.

I bought this book in and tried to read it, but without much success. The New York Times. By competing for a future prize, finite players compete for a prized past. It simply takes another form. Xarse the larger game of U. Fourth question of conscience. It is organized as a serious of logical propositions, examples and philosophical arguments. They do not go to meet putative enemies with power and violence, but with poiesis and vision.

Just a moment while we sign you in to ga,es Goodreads account. We do not relate to others as the persons we are; we gamrs who we are in relating to others. It is not a scripted repetition of the past but the creative labor of imagining an open future, a future that stays open.

Oct 28, Tristan rated it liked it. Spoken to me, your words become mine do with as I please. Second question of conscience.


Finite and Infinite Games – James Carse

What was the longer game in the American invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan? They are for others to notice. The rules are precise and never broken; the competition is fierce; each one of them obsesses over being the Master Player among the four of them.

Nov 24, Varse rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I live in a community that loves its aphorisms. Mindless sentence by sentence inversions do not recreate the Hegelian style of sophistry he is clearly trying to mimic, and endless quoting of better minds and texts only reinforces the weakness of this one.

I have, in fact, bought it in small numbers as a paperback and given it to close friends. A successful harvest is not the end of a gardener’s existence, but only a phase of it. Killers are not victors; they cqrse unopposed competitors, players without a game, living contradictions.

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

One can never say, therefore, that an infinite player is homosexual, or heterosexual, or celibate, or adulterous, or faithful-because each of these definitions has to do with boundaries, with circumscribed areas and styles of play. It is nothing other than awareness that poets-that is, creators hames all sorts-seek. For example, all play is voluntary, in both finite and infinite games.