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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Full review and highlights at http: In slavery, for example, or severe political oppression, the refusal to play the demanded role may be paid for with terrible suffering gakes death.

Are you one who looks on? Sep 19, Dan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Machinery does not steal our spontaneity from us; we set it aside ourselves, we deny our originality.

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

As the genius of your words, you lose all authority over them. The loss of function, the obstruction of an activity, cannot in itself destroy my health. Carse went on to categorize many different things into finite or infinite game.

Articles lacking reliable references from December All articles lacking reliable references Pages to import images to Wikidata. This is a cohesive, deep gzmes philosophical but at the same time practical work, that blends: All weapons are designed to affect others without affecting ourselves, to make others answerable to the technology in our control.

Carse did not write his book as revolutionary theory far from itthe ideas he puts forth provide useful tools for conceiving what an anarchist revolution might be. Life is an infinite game that provides no rules or boundaries.

Finite games are the familiar contests of everyday life, the games we play in business and politics, in the bedroom and gmaes the battlefied — games with winners and losers, a beginning and an end. The charm wear off quickly. The text will be slightly redacted. Our simple distinction now makes us look directly at the nature of an infinite game. To give you some taste of the book, finite game and infinite game are separately described as dramatic or theatrical.


Finitee games, he shows, may offer wealth and status, power and glory, but infinite games offer something far more subtle and far grander.

This requires the reader to again expand their mental appreciation of the infinite game: You cannot think thoughts any more than you act actions. Carse continues these conceptualizations across all major spheres of human affairs.

Use Finite and Infinite Games in your next sticky issue to: They have different characteristics such as in a finite game you assume a role, there are rules about the game that finire change during the game, and the game can be won or lost, and there’s an audience.

The rules of the game are not constant. View all 8 comments. Carse spans objective and subjective realms and bridges many gaps among different scholarly traditions. If I could give only one book to a person, this would be it. Get our latest book finkte, author news, and competitions right to your inbox. Some good stuff buried under a lot of messy writing and incoherent thought.

For example, since only the finite games have a beginning and an end, only those can have winners. I knew there ahd other books out there to read, so I was somewhat glad to stop. For others, Carse will offer a challenging yet fascinating world view that enables them to grow with the book.

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

This little gem of a book is an easy read, but very deep. A tidy little wrap-up sentence of the form: I hadn This is one of the best books I have ever read. Still in print and published in a dozen or more languages, the entire first chapter reads:. Books by James P. Some games are bounded and predictable, like baseball or basketball or infinitw.


It was a sequence of unconnected quotable paragraphs usually of the form: I believe that in some areas of life I have been able to create a space and develop skills to do so. A world is not all that is the case, but that which determines all that is the case.

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Finite and Infinite Games. Published August 12th by Ballantine Caarse first published Sep 04, Rob rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: It is not a matter of exposing one’s unchanging identity, the true self that has always been, but a way of exposing one’s ceaseless growth, the dynamic self that has yet to be. I have, in fact, bought it in small numbers as a paperback and given it to close friends.

Until I found this book in ans thrift store I had never heard of the author. For example, all play is voluntary, in both finite and infinite games. You can have what you have only by releasing it to others. Chapter 84 We make use of machines to increase our control over natural phenomena. Finite and Infinte Games is simply one of the most important books I have ever read.

They are played to be won, and are over when there is a victor. In every revolutionary situation, many of those who take part in the events begin playing the situation as an infinite game.

Finite and Infinite Games

I’ll need to re-read it before I jamees decide whether this is an important book or a bunch of hooey. A comment from someone in book club was, “I would gladly sign up for a religion based on this book. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.