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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