Monday, 4 April 2011

The Philosopher's Football Match Greeks vs Germany

This sketch amused me - it is so ridiculous I just had to laugh out loud.
The Philosophers' Football Match is a Monty Python sketch depicting a football match in the Olympiastadion at the 1972 Munich Olympics between philosophers representing Greece and Germany. Starring in the sketch are Archimedes (John Cleese), Socrates (Eric Idle), Hegel (Graham Chapman), Nietzsche (Michael Palin), Marx (Terry Jones) and Kant (Terry Gilliam).
Confucius is the referee and Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine (sporting haloes) serve as linesmen.[1] The German manager is Martin Luther. As play begins, the philosophers ponder their theories while walking on the pitch in circles.[1] Franz Beckenbauer, the sole genuine footballer on the pitch and a "surprise inclusion" in the German team, is left more than a little confused.

The sketch originally featured in the second Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus episode and was later included in Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982).[2]

Nietzsche receives a yellow card after claiming that "Confucius has no free will"; Confucius says "Name go in book". Karl Marx replaces Ludwig Wittgenstein, but does nothing to advance the game. On the 89th minute, Archimedes cries out "Eureka!" and instructs the Greeks to use the football. Socrates scores the only goal of the match in a diving header from a cross from Archimedes. As the sketch closes, the Germans dispute the call; "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."

This sketch is quite fitting for my blog, Plato's Procrastinations LOL


  1. I liked it too, Eddie. I just watched it (Jan., 2012)....I'm sorry that I was so late getting round to see it.
    Funny stuff!!! Thanks for sharing.


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