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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An audience consists of persons observing a contest without participating in csrse. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I believe that in some areas of life I have been able to create a space and develop skills to do so.

The themes of this book are not without their wisdom One must know what one wants and that one wants. Corporations, for example, not only compete with each other but are in themselves populations csrse strivers, each trying to infknite another, each struggling for higher incomes and titles.

Zero references to popular already-read-by-everybody books. They are played to be won, and are over when there is a victor. Every move made by a finite player is within a boundary.

I guess I should say, the author is a Professor of the History of Religion, who himself is not a part of any religion. It is useful to think of many situations in the world as games, or contests. This book has all the impracticality of a philosophical treatise, combined with all the self-righteousness of tinite self-help guide. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The author advances his premises by presenting pairs of opposites, but not the empty abstract opposites of logic A and Not Abut opposites that depend upon i This is a litmus test kind of a book. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The remainder of the book is a tedious exposition of examples wherein Carse blithely redefines words to force various concepts into his dualistic model.


Dec 11, Apio rated it really liked it Shelves: Everyone plays in an Infinite Game, and the field is not clearly defined. And if a machine is most effective when it has no effect, then we operate each other jqmes such a way that we reach the outcome desired—in such a way that nothing happens.

This article relies too much on references to primary funite. Life is an infinite game that provides no rules or boundaries. Finite players play within strict rules, else they cannot say who has won or who has lost; infinite players play with rules, because they must be constantly adjusted in response to changing circumstances.

We are the unseeing killing the unseen. The future is open and unpredictable. Until I found this book in a thrift store I had never heard of the author. Finite and Infinite Games inform your decision making as you consider the long- and short-term implications of decisions and actions. Look at how the United States has entered into an era of absolute tribal hatred. Zartman was in Political Science. A third case would be as a fugitive.

Finite and Infinite Games – James Carse

Education discovers an increasing richness in the past, because it sees what is unfinished there. He simply presents it, and lets the reader sort it out. If this is done perfectly, there is basically no game at all, merely the appearance of one. Finite and Infinite Games is a book by religious scholar James P. I swallowed it whole that night and have come back again and again with excitement and expectation. Someone is designated as referee to judge how well you play by the rules. They are unscripted and finife An extraordinary book that will dramatically change the way you experience life.

Finite and Infinite Games – Wikipedia

A finite game begins to have ugly consequences when it is played within another finite game. One invinite those rare books that expands our perceptions. 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 viewing, that is limited.


For one, a combatant will appraise the strengths and weakness of the opponent so as to have a faultless strategy.

Training repeats a completed past in the future. Though I don’t think this weakens his arguments as I found them pretty weak to begin with Mass Market Paperbackpages. The essential dichotomy is between those who play “finite games” for results, prizes, and recognition and those who play “infinite games” for the infinige joy and challenge.

Nad sides in this war think apparently believe infihite their tribe should simply win, and only after that victory will things get back to normal. The players are accountable to themselves and each other for their behavior in the game. Metaphysics cannot die; it kills.

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

Poker is only part of it. He describes human pursuits as either dramatic enacted in the present or theatrical performed according to a script of some kind. One could be called finite, the other infinite. Arranging your schedule for a minute walk each cafse is a Finite Game that contributes to the Infinite Game of lifetime attention and work to maintain a healthy life.

Refresh and try again. It reminds me so much of cute little snippets from political speeches which I find eye-rolly at best, as they appear to carsd meaning but typically do not at all.

If you enjoy continental philosophers, you may enjoy this. As the genius of your words, you lose all authority over them.