From the Wall Street Journal review of the new book Soccer and Philosophy:
“In a blissfully funny, vintage Monty Python sketch, there is a soccer game between Germany and Greece in which the players are leading philosophers.
“The always formidable Germany, captained by “Nobby” Hegel, boasts the world-class attackers Nietzsche, Heidegger and Wittgenstein, while the wily Greeks, captained by Socrates, field a dream team with Plato in goal, Aristotle on defense and—a surprise inclusion—the mathematician Archimedes.
“Toward the end of the keenly fought game, during which nothing much appears to happen except a lot of thinking, the canny Socrates scores a bitterly disputed match winner. Mayhem ensues!
“The enraged Hegel argues in vain with the referee, Confucius, that the reality of Socrates’ goal is merely an a priori adjunct of non-naturalistic ethics, while Kant holds that, ontologically, the goal existed only in the imagination via the categorical imperative, and Karl Marx—who otherwise had a quiet game—protests that Socrates was offside….
As the existential philosopher Jean Paul Sartre wrote in his Critique of Dialectical Reason, “In a football match, everything is complicated by the presence of the other team.”
Cartoons: courtesy E.P. Unny/ The Indian Express (top), Surendra/ The Hindu
This is funny. I need to pick this book on my Kindle.
My patient told me good one today, by Anthony Burgess “Five days shalt thou labour, as the Bible says. The seventh day is the Lord thy God’s. The sixth day is for football.”
My fav is what pope John Paul is supposed to have said: ‘Amongst all unimportant subjects, football is by far the most important’
The greatest game [n]ever played!