Socrates Has Scored!

Socrates Has Scored!

by
Abby Zimet

It was this week in 1969 that six English wackos pooled their
incomparable lunatic tendencies to become Monty Python. To celebrate
that questionable event - and encourage bringing philosophy to
schoolchildren - a philosophers' group staged a re-enactment of Monty
Python's 1972 classic Philosophers' Football Match, wherein Confucius
refereed a chaotic match between ancient Greek philosophers and
19th-century German thinkers. The final score of this week's game,
marked by what critics called
"more false moves than a first year's logic proof," was Socrates
Wanderers 1, Nietsche Albion 3. See more on the game here;
for old times' sake, see the Ministry of Silly Walks here.

"Socrates has
scored!" cries Michael Palin. "The Greeks are going mad! Socrates
scores, got a beautiful cross from Archimedes. The Germans are disputing
it. Hegel is arguing that the reality is merely an a priori
adjunct of non-naturalistic ethics, Kant, via the categorical
imperative, is holding that ontologically it exists only in the
imagination, and Marx is claiming it was offside." - from the original
game

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