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homo ludens

literally, ‘man the player’. The fullest sociological treatment of the term is to be found in the work of Johan Huizinga (Homo Ludens, 1944). He argues that PLAY precedes culture in the development of human societies. Huizinga proposes an alternative model of social development in which the play-forms of reverie, irony and the capacity to imagine ‘as if, are interpreted as being the spur to human innovation and growth. In addition to dominating SPORT and LEISURE, play forms are analysed as the basis of legal processes (the game of advocacy and defence), philosophy (the arts of rhetoric and sophistry) and war (mock battles and war-games). Huizinga's work was intended to rescue play from the marginal status which it has usually been assigned in the history of ideas. He was only partially successful. The conception of ‘man the player’ lacks the urgency or brutality of other metaphors of human development such as ‘man the worker’ and ‘man the tyrant’. Nonetheless, homo ludens provides a challenging alternative view of history and society. Its full potential has yet to be realized. Compare HOMO FABER.
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This means blending Homo sapiens (man/woman who knows), Homo faber (man/woman who makes), and Homo ludens (man/woman who plays).
In 1938 in his book Homo Ludens, Dutch historian and cultural theorist Johann Huizinga investigates the human activity of play through a detailed analysis of core cultural elements in both Eastern and Western civilisations.
Caption: Juanjo Arques rehearses his Homo Ludens with DNB dancers.
In the final chapter of Homo Ludens, Huizinga concluded that never, to that point in history, had an age taken itself with more seriousness.
Pero para llegar a la concepcion de este nuevo ciudadano, Constant tomo ideas del Homo ludens, que describio Huizinga, el flaneur de Baudelaire, y con especial cercania de los gitanos, con quienes experimento su cultura en primera persona.
El catedratico de Estetica apuntaba en aquellas paginas la importancia que en el desarrollo de la cultura ha tenido el homo faber, el homo ludens y el homo sapiens, pero tambien el homo viator, gracias al cual ha habido un rico intercambio de culturas, de influencias.
While the ecology of play is loosely situated within Dutch historian Johan Huizinga's concept of the Homo ludens, Sicart takes play in a different direction, one that is less formal and dependent upon rules.
Using Johan Huizinga's Homo Ludens for its seminal definitions and principles, Scham fully contextualizes his own premise of literature, and specifically that of Cervantes, as deeply related to and engaged with these concepts on play.
De hecho, es imposible separar el arte de un sentimiento ludico, y en esto coincido con Huizinga en Homo ludens.
Tal como pone de manifiesto el historiador holandes Johan Huizinga en el Homo Ludens, obra clasica bien conocida entre nosotros, la dimension jocosa, ludica y creativa a traves del juego es una de las senas de identidad del hombre, en cualquier contexto sociohistorico.
Truth be told, Homo Ludens (Those who Play) are simultaneously Homo Faber (Those who Create)," Kojima wrote.
Obras como O outono da Idade Media, Homo ludens e Nas sombras do amanha continuam a desafiar as geracoes de pesquisadores mais jovens.