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I–Thomas Hurka

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Using Bernard Suits's brilliant analysis (contra Wittgenstein) of playing a game, this paper examines the intrinsic value of game-playing. It argues that two elements in Suits's analysis make success in games difficult, which is one ground of value, while a third involves choosing a good activity for the property that makes it good, which is a further ground. The paper concludes by arguing that game-playing is the paradigm modern (Marx, Nietzsche) as against classical (Aristotle) value: since its goal is intrinsically trivial, its value is entirely one of process rather than product, journey rather than destination.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8349.2006.00143.x

Affiliations: University of Toronto

Publication date: June 1, 2006

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