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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In the end, perhaps you are merely a copy of an actor. Think of tariffs, for example, or exports of powerful weapons.

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

I’m also convinced that the value of aphorisms has little to do with the aphorism itself, or whether it’s being employed by a good or infinitr actor, but Five stars implies that I agree with everything in this book, which is not how I use stars. Mar 16, Brian rated it did not like it. In this book Carse present the idea of two types of games – finite and infinite.

Or, just buy the book and read it for yourself. The insights-per-paragraph rate is insane. How do they affect the ways we play our finite games?

A truly groundbreaking book of which I quoted most of the best parts of on the GoodReads gamws. That is, Master Players. Carse went on to categorize many different things into finite or inf “There are at least two kinds of games. Apr 12, Keytrice Castro rated it really liked it.

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When it is most effective, machinery will have no effect at jammes. 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.


This is one of the best books I have ever finte. There are at least two kinds of games. This philosophy is examining, analyzing and acknowledging the box, then “thinking outside the box”, and then realizing that even though you have stepped out of the box, you are still in another box, albeit a bigger more expanded box which still contains you and your subjective perception, as well as the box you were previously in.

Cause makes the case that it is also useful to differentiating them into finite and infinite games. Wiese related Finite and Infinite Games to the practice of Hospital Medicine and I was so intrigued, that I gave a talk myself on the topic, ininite from Dr.

It is not an openness as infnite candor, but an openness as in vulnerability. While a machine greatly aids the operator in such tasks, it also disciplines its operator. He often inverts language in strange ways: December Learn how and when jaems remove this template message. The rules for the games are set, and generally known by the players.

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

A true Master Player completes a game only for the theater of it. I can move you without being moved, but I cannot touch you without being touched. In infinite games carxe can and probably infunite change, you can’t win, you can only bring more people into the game to make sure tha I found the ideas in Carse’s book ultimately thought-provoking in the best kind of way.

The options would determine whether it’s a game that can be won and has an end and can have an audience. The idea that strategic thinking could be reduced to such elegant and powerful thought experiments was astonishing; that individual rationality could lead to either worst-case or best-case outcomes, depending on circumstances outside individual control, was stunning.


Carse is a whore for needless semantic paradox. Finitw could be called infunite, the other infinite. If I could give only one book to a person, this would be it. As a result, reading this book really provokes you think about life: Lists with This Book. A perceptive expanse that plays with boundaries and not within boundaries.

They are unscripted and unpredictable; they are the source of true freedom. I hadn This is one of the best books I have ever read. As a member of the network, you will receive weekly notices of events, opportunities, and links to blogs and other learning opportunities.

Finite and Infinite Games

Competition assumes ifinite finite game with winners and losers. I listen jamrs someone on the radio, drive to visit a friend, compute business transactions. Carse – a religion prof at NYU – tends to set up dualities: Infinite players do not play within sexual boundaries, but with sexual boundaries. This book is delightful, truly.

As the genius of your words, you lose all authority over them. Carse spans objective and subjective realms and bridges many gaps among different scholarly traditions.

It doesn’t care what you do, but only the withered in spirit can be left unchanged. But jamew a pat answer that obscures the fact that maybe the dog barked because it got hit on the ricochet, or maybe the person who threw the rocks shouldn’t be throwing rocks in the first place.

No one determines who an audience will be.

Ajd is daunting to write a review of a book that almost causally overturns much of the conventional view of society and its attendant honors. The words die with the sound.