Finite and infinite games book

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finite and infinite games book

Finite and Infinite Games | Book by James Carse | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster

It definitely needs to be re-read times. One could be called finite, the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play. We cannot play alone, in finite games, we must have an opponent to play against and usually teammates to play with. Not everyone can be a CEO, but there are other positions. Finite games can be played within an infinite game, but an infinite game cannot be played within a finite game. The rules of a finite game are the contractual terms by which the players can agree on who won.
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Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility

Many people talk about how this book helped them learn about themselves. I have to agree; this book taught me something about myself. But what it taught me is apparently quite different than the This is a wonderful - must read - book, beautifully writen in a simple and clear style and yet its simplicity provides a profound insight into life as seen through a perspective of an infinite game or James P. Carse lives in New York City and Massachusetts. Finite and Infinite Games.

Finite and Infinite Games is a book by religious scholar James P. Carse summarizes his argument, "There are at least two kinds of games: finite and infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play. 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. The infinite game - there is only one - includes any authentic interaction, from touching to culture, that changes rules, plays with boundaries and exists solely for the purpose of continuing the game. A finite player seeks power; the infinite one displays self-sufficient strength.

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Zartman was in Political Science. Math and the sciences were well represented, as were the social sciences. I was to be the philosopher. Game theory, it became clear at once, is a maddeningly subtle subject, especially in its mathematical and scientific expressions. As the weekly discussions—and the presented papers—made clear, game theory had chiefly to do with winning conflicts, or minimizing losses where winning was impossible. Without advanced mathematical skills, I found myself reflecting on the nature of play itself, especially play that saw no value in winning, or even play that actively avoided winning.

Finite and Infinite Games inform your decision making as you consider the long- and short-term implications of decisions and actions. In complex systems, it is crucial that you know whether you are making a decision, finding a solution, or taking action in a short-term, win-lose Finite Game, or if your actions and decisions are part of the longer-term, more sustainable Infinite Game. Some games are bounded and predictable, like baseball or basketball or bridge. You see the short-term immediate implications, and you play them to WIN. Other games, like marriage, productivity, and health, are unbounded.


  1. Oralia A. says:

    Carse as he begins this extraordinary book.

  2. Francesca H. says:

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