chapter  5
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Concluding Comments

The public game is played (by the Greek rules) out of belief that private depths are ineffable and, at any rate, of less importance than social roles. In its purest form, Aristotle's criticism, there is the implicit belief that the personal idiosyncrasies of a great creator will reveal the bare rules of the game he is playing, and are to be imitated by all those who wish to play the game after him. The creator employing the facts of language in a public language game played between him and his readers or hearers, reveals everything but himself. The only 'self' that emerges is the public self of a game player. However, since this game is the noblest game of all, that of revealing the binding significances of human life, the role of game player is not a trivial one.