James P. Carse

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James P. Carse
Era 20th/21st-century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
Main interests
Religion, Metaphysics, Epistemology
Notable ideas
Game Theory, Ontology

James P. Carse is Professor Emeritus of history and literature of religion at New York University. His book Finite and Infinite Games was widely influential. He does not believe in any God, but describes himself as religious "in the sense that I am endlessly fascinated with the unknowability of what it means to be human, to exist at all."[1]

Carse's recent work on religion and belief provides a foil to New Atheism. His ideas about religion and belief were featured on the May 4, 2012 CBC Radio series Ideas titled After Atheism: New Perspectives on God and Religion, Part 4.


  • Death and Existence: A Conceptual History of Human Mortality 1980.
  • The Silence of God: Meditations on Prayer (excerpt) 1985.
  • Finite and Infinite Games. New York: Ballantine Books ISBN 0-345-34184-8. 1987.(online excerpt)
  • Breakfast at the Victory 1994.
  • The Gospel of the Beloved Disciple 1997.
  • The Religious Case Against Belief. 2008. New York: The Penguin Press ISBN 978-1-59420-169-1
  • Jonathan Edwards & The Visibility of God. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1967

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  1. ^ Paulson, Steve (21 July 2008). "Religion is poetry". Salon.com. Retrieved 23 December 2008.