The Philosophy of Play

by Bernard De Koven on September 18, 2012

My virtual colleague Marc Armitage, (a profoundly playful advocate of free play and adventure playgrounds) shared the following quote:

“Play is ultimately impossible to explain because it is not a meaning but, rather, the very condition for the possibility of meaning as such. It could be called an impossible possibility.”

~John Wall (Ethicist), Ethics in the light of childhood (2010)

Searching a very little further, I discovered (on his bio page from Rutgers University), a video of his lecture  on the Philosophy of Play.

Here‘s the last seven minutes – to get a taste. In it, he talks about how we need to learn about play from the experts (children, of course), how play is not a separate activity, but “a quality of being in the world;” how play is about the creation of new meaning; and how, therefore, philosophy, itself, is play. If you’re still hungry for more, you’ll find the whole lecture, in its full, 41 minute, subtly flavored sumptuousness, below:


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