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Ludics: Play as Humanistic Inquiry

Posted on May 8, 2021

In the introduction to Ludics, Visiting Professor Eric Gordon and Vassiliki Rapti write that “this book takes the bold position that play is an antidote to dark times. Rather than an escape hatch, it provides opportunity for discovery, connection, joy, care, and relational aesthetics - conditions that are central to worldliness, not extraneous to it. […]This book is not a critique of the humanities, but rather a celebration of the play drive, ‘the core of humanity,’ in Friedrich Schiller’s words, which binds humanistic inquiry together.Take notice of Schiller’s famous quote, for instance: ‘Man plays only when he is in the full sense of the word man, and he is only wholly Man when he is playing.'”

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