Homo Ludens: Proeve eener bepaling van het spel-element der Cultuur

Amsterdam University Press, 2008 M05 15 - 232 páginas
In addition to his historical works, and his biographies, as his life was drawing to a close, Huizinga spent his time studying general cultural theories. Huizinga saw the instinct for play as a central element in human culture: ‘In myth and ritual the great instinctive forces of civilized life have their origin: law and order, commerce and profit, craft and art, poetry, wisdom and science. All are rooted in the primeval soil of play.’ In Homo Ludens Huizinga attempts to show the impact of play on almost every aspect of culture, in other words how culture is shaped by play. The importance of this endeavor is that it identifies play as an independent phenomenon. Play for Huizinga has its own organizational forces, its own purposes and its own space.

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Johan Huizinga (1872-1945) was Professor of General and Dutch History in at the University of Groningen and Professor of General History at Leiden University (1915-41). Johan Huizinga is the greatest of all Dutch cultural historians, whose fascination with the past speaks from every page of his works, The Waning of the Middle Ages and Homo Ludens among others.

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