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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The first 20 pages are an interesting description of a rather artificial and naive world view of life as a set of games–some which must end and some which must forever continue.

All the goals, aims, achievements, letdowns in life are just a part of the overall game of life THE infinite game, go play.

To use the language of the book, they were playing a finite game poker within an infinite game life-long friendships. Richard Rohr and a cagse of the feeling that I must identify whether authors are ‘good guys’ or ‘bad guys’ has helped considerably. The same applies to schools and colleges where attaining superior grade averages, degrees, and honors absorb the lives of students.

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View all 8 comments. And thank’s Kevin Kelly. Full review and highlights at http: As I debate the merit of his assertions, the revelation comes. The book is written in a style meant to be more quotable, playful, and thought-provoking than direct.


As the origin of myself I am not also the cause farse myself, as though I were the product of my own action. It was a sequence of unconnected quotable paragraphs usually of the form: Some good stuff buried under a lot of messy writing and incoherent thought.

Ignoring the issue of truth and falsehood altogether, they offer only vision. The role of the audience and possible referees, for example, and how titles and property play a role in telling us who the winners are as well as in the use of power in a finite game.

One cannot be human by oneself. Jun 01, Showmeguy rated it it was amazing. I was to be the philosopher. Finite games, he shows, may offer wealth and status, power and glory, but infinite games offer something far more subtle and far grander.

The future is open and unpredictable. Thanks for telling us about the problem. It turns out I infinjte right about the general topic, but wrong about the scope.

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A story cannot be obeyed. I grant this book five stars for the brilliance of its core idea. It incites without compulsion and cuts without crse. Nov 29, Jonathan rated it liked it. There is no selfhood where there is no community. Tell us what you like, so we can send you books you’ll love. I could not help it, I know that I will go back to reading the quotes in order to gain more inspiration and freedom of thought.


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

Oct 23, Dave Maddock rated it it intinite ok Shelves: Nov 24, Robert rated it did not like it Recommends it for: The problem is that this is simply dichotomy view by his arbitrary categorization.

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See 1 question about Finite and Infinite Games…. On the contrary, when we are playful with each inffinite we relate as free persons, and the relationship is open to surprise; everything that happens is of consequence. It’s a glorious B.

It lay on a bookshelf for fifteen years until one sleepless night when I picked it up and thought to try again. Whoever plays toward a certain outcome desires a particular past. This is why everyone hates moral philosophy professors. It was one of the happiest discoveries of my life. Any attempt to vary from the past in such a way as to cut the past off, causing it to be forgotten, has little cultural importance. If I move you, I use my power.