Finite and Infinite Games

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Finite and Infinite Games
Author James P. Carse
Publication date
1986 (1986)
ISBN 0-345-34184-8

Finite and Infinite Games is a book by religious scholar James P. Carse.[1] Kevin Kelly has praised it for "alter[ing] my thinking about life, the universe, and everything."[2]


Sexuality, History, Society, Wealth, Religion, Story-telling[edit]

Carse continues these conceptualizations across all major spheres of human affairs. He extends his themes broadly over several intellectual arenas that are largely otherwise disparate disciplines. He describes human pursuits as either dramatic (enacted in the present) or theatrical (performed according to a script of some kind). This distinction hinges on an agent's decision to engage in one state of affairs or another. If motherhood is a requirement and a duty, there are rules to be obeyed and goals to be achieved. This is motherhood as theatrical role. If motherhood is a choice and a process, it becomes a living drama. Carse spans objective and subjective realms and bridges many gaps among different scholarly traditions.

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  1. ^ Carse, James P. Finite and Infinite Games. New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-34184-8. 
  2. '^ Annotated Reading List, pg 365, What Technology Wants

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