Michael E. Brown


The metaphorical applications of chess to life date back prior to the thirteenth century and are still operating in modern narratives across many disciplines. The definition of "chess" varies across these narratives – some of which are problematic for moving beyond the mere "chess" metaphor. Based on the authorities found in the John G. White Collection at the Cleveland Public Library, this thesis explores the problem of defining "chess" such that the sociological/phenomenological form of "chess" is developed and intelligible enough to show that it cannot be translated by a theory of games. Rather, it should be understood as a preface to the development of a social logic that can enlighten scholars about social interaction and social life in general.

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chess, game theory, sociology

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Northeastern University

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Michael W. Raphael

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