Play as Symbol of the World

Play as Symbol of the World : And Other Writings

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Eugen Fink is considered one of the clearest interpreters of phenomenology and was the preferred conversational partner of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger. In Play as Symbol of the World, Fink offers an original phenomenology of play as he attempts to understand the world through the experience of play. He affirms the philosophical significance of play, why it is more than idle amusement, and reflects on the movement from "child's play" to "cosmic play." Well-known for its nontechnical, literary style, this skillful translation by Ian Alexander Moore and Christopher Turner invites engagement with Fink's philosophy of play and related writings on sports, festivals, and ancient cult practices.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 360 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 23.88mm | 40g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253021057
  • 9780253021052
  • 793,164

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This is a complex and challenging text, perhaps an essential primary source in the history of phenomenology. It is certainly noteworthy for exemplifying a unique crossroads in the legacies of Husserl and Heidegger. * Phenomenological Reviews * Compared to Husserl and Heidegger, Fink is a much more readable writer, and the translators have done an excellent job of rendering his words into fluid English prose. * Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
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About Eugen Fink

Eugen Fink (1905-1975) was a student and colleague of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger. Spiel als Weltsymbol was published in 1960. This is the first English translation.Ian Alexander Moore and Christopher Turner are Ph.D. students in Continental Philosophy at DePaul University. They are translators of Peter Trawny's Freedom to Fail: Heidegger's Anarchy.
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Table of contents

Translators' IntroductionOasis of Happiness: Thoughts toward an Ontology of Play (1957)Play as Symbol of the World (1960)Chapter One: Play as a Philosophical ProblemChapter Two: The Metaphysical Interpretation of PlayChapter Three: The Interpretation of Play in MythChapter Four: The Worldliness of Human PlayPlay and Celebration (1975)Additional TextsChild's Play (1959)Play and Philosophy (1966)The World-Significance of Play (1973)Play and Cult (1972-1973?)NotesThe Philosophical-Pedagogical Problem of Play (1954)Sport Seminar (1961)Play and Sport (1962)Notes on "Play and Philosophy" (1966)Notes on "The World-Significance of Play" (1973)Appendices1. The Layout of the Volume and Description of the Texts2. German Editors' Afterword3. Bibliography of Fink's Works Available in English4. Secondary Literature on Fink in EnglishNotesIndex
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