"According to Roger Caillois, play is 'an occasion of pure waste: waste of time, energy, ingenuity, skill, and often of money.' In spite of this--or because of it--play constitutes an essential element of human social and spiritual development. In this classic study, Caillois defines play as a free and voluntary activity that occurs in a pure space, isolated and protected from the rest of life..."

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Author: Roger Caillois

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Pages: 224

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“According to Roger Caillois, play is ‘an occasion of pure waste: waste of time, energy, ingenuity, skill, and often of money.’ In spite of this–or because of it–play constitutes an essential element of human social and spiritual development.┬áIn this classic study, Caillois defines play as a free and voluntary activity that occurs in a pure space, isolated and protected from the rest of life. Play is uncertain, since the outcome may not be foreseen, and it is governed by rules that provide a level playing field for all participants. In its most basic form, play consists of finding a response to the opponent’s action–or to the play situation–that is free within the limits set by the rules.” – Publisher