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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But in every revolution there are those—mostly very sincere revolutionaries who lose themselves in their role—who see a revolution as a thing to win, and who therefore seek power in order to win it. Carse loves them and uses them to end most sections. While the book had been engaging, it had taken quite a bit of effort to keep it that way, and that tends to exhaust me so I make progress through the pages too frustratingly slowly.

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. The problem is that this is simply dichotomy view by his arbitrary categorization.

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.

Frankly, the appeal of Chapter Two was sporadic and uneven. If you enjoy continental philosophers, you may enjoy this. A comment from someone in book club was, “I would gladly sign up for a religion based on this book. How often it happens that open hostility emerges; friendship turns to hatred; alcohol is involved; then fists; occasionally guns.


You will remain deaf to my explanations until you suspect ffinite of falsehood. I read a bit further, then gave myself permission to skim in search of something that looked… well, at least comprehensible.

Finite and Infinite Games Quotes by James P. Carse

Well, I guess I’m unintellectual cause I really didn’t. Carse’s book is the one Cagse would choose to purchase in bulk and hand to everyone who passed, hoping that it could be as transformative for them as it had and has been for me. Neither do we watch a movie screen nor look at television.

More often what one intends to preserve is a public personage, a permanently veiled selfhood. A few of the ways to reframe one’s stance toward life had value, but they were a stark minority.

Profound and ajd but frustrating.

gaes For example, since only the finite games have a beginning and an end, only those can have winners. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Carse, Finite and Infinite Games. It is not distance that makes travel necessary, but travel that makes distance possible. This contradiction has a number of consequences. Five stars implies that I agree with everything in this book, which is not how I use stars. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

That brought to mind the idea of detachment common to many faiths, as well as to my favorite Stoicism. There is but one infinite game.


Finite and Infinite Games Quotes

However, if I desired to be a fashion model, a dancer, or a jockey, I would consider excessive weight to be a kind of disease and would be likely to consult a doctor, a nutritionist, or another specialist to be cured of it. He often inverts language in stran I started this book expecting a popular treatment of game theory. Greater significance attaches to those variations that bring the tradition into view in a new way, allowing the familiar to be seen as carsd, as requiring a cqrse appraisal of all that we have been- and therefore all that we are.

To be playful is to allow for possibility whatever the cost to oneself” “We are playful when we engage others at the level of choice, when there is no telling in advance where our relationship with them will come out– when, in fact, no one has an outcome to be carwe on the relationship, apart from the decision to continue it. Brexit, ganes example will have repercussions in the United States and vice versa.

What are we doing when we play—finitely or infinitely? 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.

A story cannot be obeyed.

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