James P. Carse

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James P. Carse
Era20th/21st-century philosophy
RegionWestern 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 is an atheist but says he is 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.

His novel PhDeath: The Puzzler Murders[2] was published in the fall of 2016.


  • Jonathan Edwards & The Visibility of God. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1967
  • 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.
  • 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
  • PhDeath: The Puzzler Murders. 2016. New York. Opus Press 978-1-62316-066-1

Audio Seminars[edit]


  1. ^ Paulson, Steve (21 July 2008). "Religion is poetry". Salon.com. Archived from the original on 18 August 2008. Retrieved 23 December 2008.
  2. ^ "Fiction Book Review: PhDeath: The Puzzler Murders by James P. Carse. Opus, $19.95 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-1-62316-066-1". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2017-01-27.