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Confucius: a fair referee

The election may be over, but this Sunday (9th May), another epic contest kicks off: the Philosopher’s Football Match, a real-life recreation of the 1972 Monty Python sketch pitting German philosophers against Greeks. The Python version was notable for its inaction—both sides philosophised without much football being played. This time is different, as Nietzsche Albion (managed by Prospect contributor AC Grayling) take on Socrates Wanderers (led by former England manager Graham Taylor). The Python match saw tempers boil over, with referee…

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