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HALL OF FAMEam 9. März 2005
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'Finite and infinite Games' von James P. Carse ist eines der Bücher, die ebenso verwirren wie zum Nachdenken anregen. 'Endliche' oder 'unbegrenzte' Spiele(r) sind seine Schlüssel, mit denen er zweierlei Arten aufzeigt, wie wir unser Leben leben können.

Ein 'finite player' spielt dabei innerhalb der Grenzen und Regeln eines Kontexts und möchte das Spiel möglichst schnell mit einem klaren Gewinner/Verlierer zu Ende bringen. Der 'infinite player' kennt ebenso die Spielregeln, ist sich jedoch auch des Rahmens bewußt, und spielt um des Spielens willen ohne dass ein Spielende/Gewinn-Verlust angestrebt wird.

Interessante Beispiele für seine Philosophie werden dabei in allen möglichen Bereichen des täglichen Lebens (Arbeit, Familie, Freunde..) aber auch auf wirtschaftlicher / politischer Ebene durchgedacht.

Nicht immer leicht nachzuvollziehen, manchmal etwas anstrengend zu lesen - was vielleicht auch daran liegt, dass man für sich als Leser immer wieder seinen persönlichen Standpunkt suchen und finden muss. Für 'finite players' ein hartes Buch, für 'infinite players' ebenso eine Herausforderung. Jedenfalls ein sehr lesenswert anderes Buch.

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am 17. März 2000
Finite and Infinite Games has been for me nothing less than a revelation. I first read this short discourse shortly after it was published in 1986, and have not gone a year without revisiting it both to understand and to use within my own life.
What Finite and Infinite Games does is bring perspective. It empowers the self to understand and accept the finite rules imposed by ourselves or others and to decide if and how one plays around those rules or with those rules. It is a book of hope.
Alas, James Carse's book is not for everyone. Of the many copies I have given to family and friends, some half have not inspired the recipients. I suspect that one must either be looking for, desire, or already be aware of a little bit of the infinite to really understand the slightly abstract nature of this work.
For over a decade one of the top 2 books in my library.
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am 3. Mai 1999
then you should also read "Mastering the Infinite Game" by Charles Hampden-Turner and Fons Trompenaars, which applies the concepts to show East Asian values (based on infinite games) have transformed business practices. Highly recommended!
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am 19. September 1997
This is one of the most interesting books I have ever read. I spent the evening looking through my book collection to find my copy of Infinite and Finite Games. The ideas seem simple, but are complex. It is one of those book whose concepts stay in your mind long after you have finished reading the book. I remeber right after I finished the book for the first time, years ago, I went to a bio-diversity. I remember thinking that most of the species on the planet are playing an infinte game. That is they are playing in order to keep playing. We are the only species who plays the game soley to win. That is our tragic flaw. One species playing only to win can destroy life on an entire planet.
I hope we learn the most important thing is to learn to play infinite games--to learn to play in order to keep playing. If we don't learn this simple lesson, life here will, of course, not survive.
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am 4. März 2000
The several positive reviews are eloquent. I'll just add thatit was nice to see Otto Rank quoted by Carse--so two great minds/soulsare joined. The negative reviews are a humbling reminder of how very different readers are. Last I heard, this book was translated into 7 languages.
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am 11. Juni 1999
i first read this book in japan, and the guy who lent it to me almost lost it to me. it consolidates thousands of "self-help" and mysticism books into elegant, geometric-proof style summations of personal experience.
i've been sent to organizational training seminars for work purposes and have read various martial arts and bodywork texts, also for work purposes. the principles in "finite and infinite games" added immensely to all of it. carse's ideas are like alexander technique for the mind and soul. and if you're interested in alexander technique, check out the new book by macdonald.
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am 4. Januar 1999
I read this book a few years ago, and it confirmed a lot of what I thought about life, and completely changed some others. Some books present ideas that are so fundamental, that you have to go and re-write whole chapters of your view on life when you read them. This is one of those books. The pilosophy present is so clear cut, so obvious, and so simple, that it, if it doesn't change your life, it will at the very least change the way you think life should be, and can be lead.
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am 18. März 1998
This book changed my life. I was enthralled, all the way up to, including, and well beyond the surprise ending. What do the "baton twirling champion of Tennessee" and Pope John Paul II have in common? Both hold titles, metaphorical "trophies" awarded to the winners of finite games. An entirely new way of thinking about the ego and its attachments. A deeply spiritual and humnanistic book.
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am 31. Januar 2000
This is a short book. This is a tough book. Some might call it a dangerous book. Oh, you can read through it quickly, flipping from one page to the next -- you've seen all the words before. But then it's just another book you open.
But take it slowly, thoughtfully, and this is a book that opens you. It's not easy. It takes time. It takes thought. It's worth the effort.
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am 3. August 1998
This book either totally changes the way you see the world, or confirms some of the convictions you had about society. This should be required reading for any philosophy course... and the author never beats around the bush with verbose rhetoric! Short, simple, and sweet. Anyone can understand it.
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