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Finite and Infinite Games: James Carse (1986 original; edició 2013)

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"There are at least two kinds of games," states James Carse as he begins this extraordinary book. "One could be called finite; the other infinite." Finite games are the familiar contests of everyday life; they are played in order to be won, which is when they end. But infinite games are more mysterious. Their object is not winning, but ensuring the continuation of play. The rules may change, the boundaries may change, even the participants may change--as long as the game is never allowed to come to an end. What are infinite games? How do they affect the ways we play our finite games? What are we doing when we play--finitely or infinitely? And how can infinite games affect the ways in which we live our lives? Carse explores these questions with stunning elegance, teasing out of his distinctions a universe of observation and insight, noting where and why and how we play, finitely and infinitely. He surveys our world--from the finite games of the playing field and playing board to the infinite games found in culture and religion--leaving all we think we know illuminated and transformed. Along the way, Carse finds new ways of understanding everything from how an actress portrays a role, to how we engage in sex, from the nature of evil, to the nature of science. Finite games, he shows, may offer wealth and status, power and glory. But infinite games offer something far more subtle and far grander. Carse has written a book rich in insight and aphorism. Already an international literary event, Finite and Infinite Games is certain to be argued about and celebrated for years to come. Reading it is the first step in learning to play the infinite game.… (més)
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Títol:Finite and Infinite Games: James Carse
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Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility de James P. Carse (1986)

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The core of this book is to differentiate finite games, that has an end, from infinite games, that is just for playing. The author makes the point that infinite games are better and less paradoxical.

I associate the talk with the teal thoughts on building better organizations. I also think of the book [b:This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom|35969561|This Life Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom|Martin Hägglund|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1541968760l/35969561._SY75_.jpg|57532947] wish talks on similar matters, but the fact that we are finite is the reason why we can be and do good. Somehow I see these thoughts reaching out and connecting in my head. We are finite beings taking part in an infinite game.

I think this book will give me more insights on a second read. ( )
  paven | Jan 26, 2021 |
The author has a lot to say. None of it worthwhile. "Gardening is a horizonal activity". Get your kids interested in science and maybe they won't end up like this guy, spouting vapid profundity. ( )
  Paul_S | Dec 23, 2020 |
An amazing book that deserves more than one reading to get to the core... It is a manifesto for being that requires deep contemplation... ( )
  rendier | Dec 20, 2020 |
I find it very difficult to rate this book, hence the wishy-washy 3 stars. It is certainly unusual and thought-provoking. Its utility seems likely to vary wildly depending on the person reading it. I could have wished for a different title -- it's a meandering stream of philosophical questions, nothing to do with games as commonly defined -- but I don't regret the read. ( )
  RJ_Stevenson | Aug 19, 2020 |
to-read, on the strength of this recommendation: http://www.alexsteffen.com/2012/10/finite-and-infinite-games/
  eldang | Sep 18, 2019 |
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"There are at least two kinds of games," states James Carse as he begins this extraordinary book. "One could be called finite; the other infinite." Finite games are the familiar contests of everyday life; they are played in order to be won, which is when they end. But infinite games are more mysterious. Their object is not winning, but ensuring the continuation of play. The rules may change, the boundaries may change, even the participants may change--as long as the game is never allowed to come to an end. What are infinite games? How do they affect the ways we play our finite games? What are we doing when we play--finitely or infinitely? And how can infinite games affect the ways in which we live our lives? Carse explores these questions with stunning elegance, teasing out of his distinctions a universe of observation and insight, noting where and why and how we play, finitely and infinitely. He surveys our world--from the finite games of the playing field and playing board to the infinite games found in culture and religion--leaving all we think we know illuminated and transformed. Along the way, Carse finds new ways of understanding everything from how an actress portrays a role, to how we engage in sex, from the nature of evil, to the nature of science. Finite games, he shows, may offer wealth and status, power and glory. But infinite games offer something far more subtle and far grander. Carse has written a book rich in insight and aphorism. Already an international literary event, Finite and Infinite Games is certain to be argued about and celebrated for years to come. Reading it is the first step in learning to play the infinite game.

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