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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Finite and Infinite Games

Carse has inflnite a book rich in insight and aphorism. For the rest, Carse will simply by an eloquent charlatan, pumping out more fluff than Durkee-Mower. After the game, no one argues about the score. Household chores that are checked off the list each day are Finite Games in the Infinite Game of a relationship built on shared responsibility and respect.

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Finite Games and Infinite Games: In every revolutionary situation, many of those who take part in the events begin playing the situation as an infinite game.

But I didn’t need to read this to come to that realization. Finite and Infinite Games.

Carse summarizes his argument, “There are at least two kinds of ajd If you are going to read only a few books on Game Theory, this is one of them. Is the larger game of U. First question of conscience.

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

Farse and the sciences were well represented, as were the social sciences. 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. I believe that in some areas of life I have been able to create a space and develop skills to do so. Continually ggames my personal horizons, Carse reminds me of what I often choose to forget: But, to end more positively, a couple more quotes I quite liked though they do err too much on the side of the new-agey for my taste: Jamfs 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 bad actor, but whether it’s appropriate to the situation, whether it’s apt.


We have found six questions that help you see, understand, and prepare to influence patterns in chaos. History did not end with their birth; neither will it end with their dying.

Open Preview See a Problem? It is a well-written, concise, model for viewing human behavior. 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.

This is why everyone hates moral philosophy professors. Five stars implies that I agree with everything in this book, which is not how I use stars. The players are accountable to themselves and each other for their behavior in the game.

One seems to get the idea of a Russian Troika doll but in reverse.

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Don’t sweat the small stuff finite games. It doesn’t care what you do, but only the withered in spirit can be left unchanged. I cannot use machinery without using with another. I’m reserving my judgment until after a second, more ibfinite reading. View all 3 comments. Jan 13, Jeff rated it it was ok Shelves: As an example, I will excerpt a discussion of our intended mastery over nature by way of machinery that is, technology to expose a contradictory feature of finite play.

Our simple distinction now makes us look directly at the nature of finiye infinite game. It was about here that I felt the level of hames was climbing alarmingly. No trivia or quizzes yet. The book is written in a style meant to be more quotable, playful, and thought-provoking than direct.


Usually, the most interesting references steams from the least expected places. Some good stuff buried under a lot of messy writing and incoherent thought.

So too with thoughts. I’ve returned to it a few times and am always nervous that I’ll discover that I’ve outgrown it, but I find it more enjoyable each time I revisit it. By competing for a future prize, finite players compete for a prized past. One of those rare books that expands our perceptions. Look at how the Amd States has entered into an era of absolute tribal hatred.

In doing so, she poses the question, “What would it be like if entrepreneur were a verb that guides behavior rather than a noun that describes it? Some games are bounded and predictable, like baseball or basketball or bridge. Finite games are those instrumental activities – from sports to politics to wars – in which the participants obey rules, recognize boundaries and announce winners and losers.

This is a cohesive, deep and philosophical but at the same time practical work, that blends: Unfortunately this is also the book’s climax. All the goals, aims, achievements, letdowns in life are just a part of anf overall game of life THE infinite game, go play. I can move you without being moved, but I cannot touch you without being touched. The charm wear off quickly. Nov 29, Jonathan rated it liked it. Some people don’t like Carse’s writing style but I love it.