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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He describes human pursuits as either dramatic enacted in the present or theatrical performed according to a script of some kind.

Finite and Infinite Games Quotes by James P. Carse

gammes Cause makes the case that it is also useful to differentiating them into finite and infinite games. You can have what you have only by releasing it to others. It is daunting to write a review of a book that almost causally overturns much of the conventional view of society and its attendant honors.

It reminds me so much of cute little snippets from political speeches which I find eye-rolly at best, as they appear to carry meaning but typically do not at all. It is therefore not possible to travel through it.


Carse lives in New York City and Massachusetts. Even in this last, extreme case we must still concede that whoever takes up the commanded role does so by choice. I’ve returned to it a few times and am always nervous that I’ll discover that I’ve outgrown it, but I find it more enjoyable each time I revisit it.

One is always ill with relation to some bounded activity.

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

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Mar 28, Frans Baars rated it it was amazing Shelves: If you are going to read only a few books on Game Theory, this is one of them. I believe that in I grant this book five stars for the brilliance of its core idea.

Finite and Infinite Games.

Join our mailing list! This is just his game with semantics. Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols I was in for a surprise! The infinite game – there is only one – includes any authentic interaction, from touching to culture, that changes rules, plays with boundaries and exists solely for the purpose of continuing the game. Jun 27, DJ rated it liked it Recommends it for: Brexit, for example will have repercussions in the United States and vice versa.

Carse does not try to convince the reader of his philosophy. Are you doing it as a shepherd? If one is going to be playful about the infinite, it seems to me that the player will need to be somewhat detached from the outcome of all those finite games. A finite player puts play into time. I have, in fact, bought it in small numbers as a paperback and given it to close friends. See 1 question about Finite and Infinite Games….


But this book took my thinking to a different plane altogether, and has probably altered it irrevocably. Here is the final chapter in its entirety. Or merely an actor? They are unscripted and unpredictable; they are the source of true freedom.

So despite not actually liking this book, I have generously, and possibly mistakenly, granted it a second star. Refresh and try again. In particular, his ideas point to why an anarchist revolution, or for that matter, any true revolution, cannot be a finite game, i.

I’ll need to re-read it before I can decide whether this is an important book or a bunch of hooey.

View all 5 comments. When machinery functions perfectly it ceases to be there—but so do we. It is infinite play coming to an end in unheard silence.

This is motherhood as theatrical role.