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“A writer with a sharp and powerful intelligence, helped by a gift of expression and exposition which is very rare, Huizinga assembles and interprets one of the most fundamental elements of human culture: the instinct for play. Reading this volume, one suddenly discovers how profoundly the achievements in law, science, poverty, war, philosophy, and in the arts, are nourished by the instinct of play.” —Roger Caillois, editor of Diogenes
I ordered a new copy of Homo Ludens to use in a workshop at a" Burn" (as in Burning Man) in Virginia. I was emphasizing the importance of adult play. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gail E. Haley
The translation could be alot better, but the idea is there. The "Play" is all around us, and is part of our culture (no mater where we live). Read morePublished 8 months ago by James Della Valle
You can always count on Huizinga for a first rate read. The man's amazing.Published 15 months ago by Jim Harrison
In Homo Ludens, Johan Huizinga makes the case that the ability and appetite for play is a defining characteristic of humanity. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jonathan Cook
I'm not competent to critique or even interact much with Homo Ludens academically. I read it because I'm interested in games, and people in the know cite Huizinga's book as the... Read morePublished on November 7, 2013 by Allen Baird
I was looking for examples of spontaneous play as opposed to games, as I consider them two different things. I've seen it in the animal kingdom. Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by Edna St. Vincent Millay