Homo ludens a study of the play element in culture by j huizinga perhaps on the same level as homo sapiens homo ludens man the player deserves a place in our nomenclature the play element of culture each time my hosts wanted to correct it to in culture and each time i protested and clung to the genitive . In homo ludens johan huizinga makes the case that the ability and appetite for play is a defining characteristic of humanity huizinga describes play as an essential pillar of civilization present in our art our law and even in our war. In homo ludens johan huizinga makes a strong argument for play being a foundational element of culture denying the idea of play as only serving a biological purpose the author posits that play is a phenomenon worth studying in and of itself and further claims it as the core ingredient in the development of civilization. Review homo ludens a study of the play element in culture user review sabot goodreads contains some interesting ideas but felt like a slog at times i considered putting it down and moving on but im still glad i stuck it out
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