Finite and Infinite Games

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Free Press, 1986 - Philosophy - 152 pages
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Finite games are the familiar contests of everyday life, the games we play in business and politics, in the bedroom and on the battlefield -- games with winners and losers, a beginning and an end. Infinite games are more mysterious -- and ultimately more rewarding. They are unscripted and unpredictable; they are the source of true freedom. In this elegant and compelling work, James Carse explores what these games mean, and what they can mean to you. He offers stunning new insights into the nature of property and power, of culture and community, of sexuality and self-discovery. He takes you down a road you have never traveled before, and he opens the door to a world of infinite delight and possibility. Book jacket.

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

User Review  - Aydin - Goodreads

I thoroughly enjoyed this little book. I resonate with the spirit behind the worldview Carse presents here. The basic dichotomy he uses to capture this world view is that of 'infinite' vs. 'finite ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Nick W. - Goodreads

Thought experiment applying simple axioms about games to broader purpose in life. Definitely really interesting especially when you evaluate your own choices against a finite or infinite outcome Read full review

Contents

There Are at Least Two Kinds of Games
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No One Can Play a Game Alone 3 5
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Am the Genius of Myself
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About the author (1986)

James P. Carse is Professor Emeritus of Religion at New York University, where for thirty years he directed the Religious Studies Program. His previous books include "The Silence of God, Finite and Infinite Games," and "Breakfast at the Victory,

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