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Is Game-Playing the Highest Ideal of Human Existence?

Two children playing Pong on a television set.

by John Danaher

Bernard Suits’s The Grasshopper is an odd book. Part philosophical dialogue, part playful allegory, it is most famous for its philosophical analysis of games. In a sharp rebuff to Wittgenstein — who thought that games had no essence — Suits suggests that games do have an essence. Continue reading Is Game-Playing the Highest Ideal of Human Existence?