Return of the grasshopper: Games, leisure and the good life in the third millennium

Bernard Suits, Christopher C. Yorke, Francisco Javier López Frías

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In this sequel to Bernard Suits' timeless classic philosophical work The Grasshopper: Games, Life and Utopia, published in its full and unabridged form for the first time, Suits continues to explore some of our most fundamental philosophical questions, including the value of sport and games, and their relationship to the good life. In Return of the Grasshopper, Suits puts his theoretical cards on the table, exploring the in-depth implications of his definition of utopia, assessing the merits of a gamified philosophy, and explaining how games can provide an existential balm against the fear of death. Perhaps most importantly, for the first time in print, Suits reveals his underlying worldview: that humanity is forever fated to endure a cyclical existence of privation, brought on by material scarcity, and boredom, resulting from material plenitude. An essential companion to The Grasshopper, this edition includes an introductory chapter that puts Suits' life and work into context, helping the reader to understand why Suits has had such a profound influence on contemporary philosophy and how his ideas still provide powerful insight into the human condition. This book is important reading for anybody with an interest in the philosophy of sport, leisure and play, political philosophy, ethics, existentialism or utopian studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages190
ISBN (Electronic)9781000683790
ISBN (Print)9781032201375
StatePublished - Sep 29 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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