The Superior Experience: Play

The Superior Experience: Play

I have summed up varying definitions of play starting with an original philosopher on the subject, Johan Huizinga, and bringing his observations of play in connection with Bernard Suits’, R. Scott Kretchmar’s, and Chad Carlson’s philosophical inquiries on the subject. In doing so, I developed a phenomenological model that offers a unique and orderly look at play in the human lived experience. Additionally, this model has taken a step further to not only help define play, but also determine the varying level of play and non-play (as Carlson refers to it). I assert three points: one, play is a subjective perceptual state and experience that may be occur in any situation, thought, or activity, two, the very components that create play may actually be used to create seven other perceptual states in human experience, and, three, of all these states, play is superior. It is my hope this model may contribute unique thought and direction to vast philosophy of play.