James P. Carse


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James P. Carse was a Professor of Religion at New York University.

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They call it the tooth. You can't see it unless you are standing at the edge of the cliff. It is a pointed rock that rises from the bottom of the valley. In a soft wind you can smell the decaying flesh of those who were not thrown far enough to fall beyond it. The smell makes the conquistadores angry and they often hit us.
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“To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared for surprise is to be educated.”
James P. Carse, Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility

“A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.”
James P. Carse, Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility

“Strength is paradoxical. I am not strong because I can force others to do what I wish as a result of my play with them, but because I can allow them to do what they wish in the course of my play with them.”
James P. Carse, Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility



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