The Grasshopper: Games, Life, and Utopia / Edition 1

The Grasshopper: Games, Life, and Utopia / Edition 1

by Bernard Suits
     
 

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ISBN-10: 155111772X

ISBN-13: 9781551117720

Pub. Date: 11/09/2005

Publisher: Broadview Press

In the mid twentieth century the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein famously asserted that games are indefinable; there are no common threads that link them all. "Nonsense," says the sensible Bernard Suits: "playing a game is a voluntary attempt to overcome unnecessary obstacles." The short book Suits wrote demonstrating precisely that is as playful as it is

Overview

In the mid twentieth century the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein famously asserted that games are indefinable; there are no common threads that link them all. "Nonsense," says the sensible Bernard Suits: "playing a game is a voluntary attempt to overcome unnecessary obstacles." The short book Suits wrote demonstrating precisely that is as playful as it is insightful, as stimulating as it is delightful. Suits not only argues that games can be meaningfully defined; he also suggests that playing games is a central part of the ideal of human existence, so games belong at the heart of any vision of Utopia.
Originally published in 1978, The Grasshopper is now re-issued with a new introduction by Thomas Hurka and with additional material (much of it previously unpublished) by the author, in which he expands on the ideas put forward in The Grasshopper and answers some questions that have been raised by critics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551117720
Publisher:
Broadview Press
Publication date:
11/09/2005
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
179
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Thomas Hurka
Preface
Acknowledgments
The Players
One: Death of the Grasshopper
Two: Disciples
Three: Construction of a definition
Four: Triflers, cheats, and spoilsports
Five: Taking the long way home
Six: Ivan and Abdul
Seven: Games and paradox
Eight: Mountain climbing
Nine: Reverse English
Ten: The remarkable career of Porphyryo Sneak
Eleven: The case history of Bartholomew Drag
Twelve: Open games
Thirteen: Amateurs, professionals, and Games People Play
Fourteen: Resurrection
Fifteen: Resolution
Introduction to the Appendices
Appendix 1: The Fool on the Hill
Appendix 2: Wittgenstein in the Meadow

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