Dialogue 54 (4):727-746 (2015)

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Avery Kolers
University of Louisville
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I here defend the thesis that the best life is the life that one plays as a game—specifically, a ‘Suitsian’ game that meets the definition proposed in The Grasshopper by Bernard Suits. Even more specifically, it is a nested, open, role-playing game where the life’s quality as a game partly depends on there being no more people than players. To defend this thesis I refute two powerful challenges to it, one from Thomas Hurka (2006) and another from within The Grasshopper itself. In the process, I offer a new interpretation of that enigmatic and challenging book.
Keywords Suits, Bernard  The Grasshopper  Games  Meaning of Life  Utopia  Hurka, Thomas
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DOI 10.1017/s0012217315000499
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