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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The inherent hostility of machine-mediated relatedness is nowhere more obvious than in the instruments of war. The fact that the technology of slaughter at vast distances has become extremely sophisticated does not culturally advance its highly trained operators over club-swinging primitives; it makes complete our blindness to the other that was but rudimentary in the primitive.

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.

A second insight yielded by this simple distinction is that finite play in itself has any number of desirable values. Carse as he begins this extraordinary book. This is a shame because beneath the unending stream of aphorisms Carse clearly has some wisdom.

View all 7 comments. They are unscripted and unpredictable; they are the source of true freedom. It was a sequence of unconnected quotable paragraphs usually of the form: Written decades before, however, Carse’s book is a unique and fascinating attempt to adopt the “game” as a framework for all of human behavior.

Every moment of an infinite game therefore presents a new vision, a new range of possibilities…What will undo any boundary is the awareness that is it our vision, and not what we are innfinite, that is limited. By competing for a future prize, finite players compete for a prized past.


There is but one infinite game. It is not an openness as in candor, but an openness infinitd in vulnerability. But this book took my thinking to a different plane altogether, and has probably altered it irrevocably. A ggames expanse that plays with boundaries and not within boundaries. We have found six questions that help you see, understand, and prepare to influence patterns in chaos.

When it is most effective, machinery will have no effect at all. View all 4 comments. Mass Market Paperbackpages. Want to Read saving…. On consideration, the answer has to be yes: A group of friends meets every Thursday at a club to play poker.

Y’know, take up archery or something, give precision a try. It incites without compulsion and cuts without malice. Or walk by yourself? Thanks for telling us about the problem. It certainly didn’t do it for me.

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

The logic of work is the logic of winners and losers, of success and failure. There are at least two kinds of games. A kind of of wild freedom, impossible to c Continually pushing my personal horizons, Carse reminds me of what I often choose to forget: Carse’s book is the one I would choose to purchase in bulk and hand to everyo I bought this book in and tried to read it, but without much success. 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.

I believe that in some areas of life I have been able to create a space and develop skills to do so. Third question of conscience. 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.

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

Think of tariffs, for example, or exports of powerful weapons. This was unenlightening to me in pretty much every example he goes into war, birth, sex, society etc. If I could give only one book to a person, this would be it. But if we just think and see a game as a system where there are players and some content in infintie game carsr everything else is optional.


As the origin of myself I am not also the cause of myself, as though I were the product of my own action.

Finite and Infinite Games | Book by James Carse | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster UK

Zartman was in Political Science. First question of jjames. I’m reserving my judgment until after a second, more cognizant reading. Carse loves them and uses them to end most sections. The sounds of wnd words you speak may lie on your own lips, but if you do not relinquish them entirely to a listener they never become words, and you say nothing at all. 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.

For example, since only the finite games have a beginning and an end, only those can have winners. Lists with This Book. This is just his game with semantics. If the purpose of a finite game is to conclude play as anc winner, then play itself acquires distinctly negative quality. In both, “whoever plays, plays freely. An extraordinary book that will dramatically change the way you jamfs life. I knew there were other books out there to read, so I was somewhat glad to stop.

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