Are there really games in Utopia? A reinterpretation of Suits’s The Grasshopper

Melanie Erspamer, Michael Ridge

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Abstract

In this essay we argue that there is a contradiction lurking at the heart of Bernard Suits's seminal book on the philosophy of games, The Grasshopper, which has oddly gone unnoticed for 43 years. Suits argues that games need inefficiency and defines inefficiency such that it wouldn't exist in Utopia. This trivially entails that there could be no games in Utopia, yet the whole normative point of The Grasshopper is that games would be the only worthwhileactivity in Utopia. We then diagnose Suits's error and suggest some ways forward.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberanaa087
JournalAnalysis
Early online date21 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Jun 2021

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