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1. Anthropological Sense

Play is a general phenomenon in both individual and social life. Yet no universally accepted definition of the term that would make it scientific has yet been found (H. Scheuerl).

From the days of I. Kant (1724–1804; Kantianism), an essential feature of play has been the lack of any goals apart from itself (so W. Dilthey; Hermeneutics; Vitalism 2). As involving a freedom from outward pressures (G. W. F. Hegel; Hegelianism) or moral commitment (F. Nietzsche; Nihilism; R…

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Bieritz, Karl-Heinrich, “Play”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 20 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.108>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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