Thursday, July 12, 2001

Activity as a quality with a work of art, as an aspect bringing pleasure, and pleasure as a way of enhancing activity, isn't new. In the Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle writes:

This may be seen, too, from the fact that each of the pleasures is bound up with the activity it completes. For an activity is intensified by its proper pleasure, since each class of things is better judged of and brought to precision by those who engage in the activity with pleasure; e.g. it is those who enjoy geometrical thinking that become geometers and grasp the various propositions better, and, similarly, those who are fond of music or of building, and so on, make progress in their proper function by enjoying it; so the pleasures intensify the activities, and what intensifies a thing is proper to it, but things different in kind have properties different in kind.

So what are the proper properties of games?

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