About

I write about technology, psychoanalysis, philosophy, design, ideology & Slavoj Žižek.

Appreciation

May 3, 2011

How would ethical philosophers redesign Soccer?

Aristotle: regardless of the final score, the team that practiced the hardest wins.

Bentham: each team’s players stand directly in front of the opposing goal, kicking in balls as fast as possible for 90 minutes. Add up both scores at the end.

Kant: a goal is worth zero points, and 1 point is subtracted for each rule violation.

Rand: 1 person on each team. Every game ends because they both immediately walk off the field when the other refuses to forfeit as an acknowledgement of their superiority before the game begins.

Lao Tzu: everyone just kick the ball around & don’t worry about getting it in the net - soccer is about the journey, not the destination.

Hobbes: the referee unifies both sides into a single team under his rule, forming an orderly bureaucracy to coordinate scoring of goals

Rawls: every game ends in a 0-0 draw because the players decide what the final score will be before they know what team they’re going to be on.

Levinas: the players simply gaze into each others eyes for 90 minutes in a profound encounter with radical alterity.

Lacan: each team fantasizes that they started the game down by one point, but they unconsciously sabotage their own team whenever they’re about to score

Habermas: the game is played inside a cafe, where teams try to persuade each other that their soccer strategy would be more successful

Colloqium

Related Posts

July 5, 2014

How to Play Philosophical Soccer

**Aristotelian**: regardless of the final score, the team that practiced the hardest wins. **Benthamian**: each team's players stand directly in front of the opposing goal, kicking in balls as fast as possible for 90 minutes. **Kantian**: a goal is worth zero points, and 1 point is subtracted for each rule violation.

Read more →
January 6, 2014

The Agile Labor Union

In 2001, seventeen American, British and Canadian software engineers and IT managers met at a ski resort in Snowbird, Utah, to start a movement to remake the way software is built. Over the previous decade, the attendees had independently created similar processes for organizing and managing software engineering projects that broke

Read more →
August 5, 2014

The Cult of Sharing

The sharing economy's marquee startup Airbnb recently unveiled a new brand identity and positioning to help propel its international expansion. Airbnb's new wordmark and logo nicknamed "the Bélo" is said to have been the culmination of a year-long process, including a cross-cultural analysis to ensure their identity would be understood around

Read more →

Recent Popular Posts

February 13, 2014

Left Activism Goes Corporate: A Detour Through the Raw Food Underground

One of the most tedious features of the Silicon Valley Hype Machine is its endless repetition of progressive sounding marketing slogans about democracy and freedom, all while promoting a pro-business agenda. But it's too easy to read this as a sinister corporate ploy to co-opt the language of activists and twisting

Read more →
December 20, 2013

Civility: A Distance That Brings Us Together

Just in time for the holidays, Apple's marketing department released *[Misunderstood][1]*, an ad about a surly teenager absorbed in his iPhone in the midst of scenes of his family's idyllic Christmas togetherness. But he surprises everyone when he reveals that the whole time he was making a touching video for everyone

Read more →
January 26, 2014

Ten Parenting Lessons I Learned from Franz Kafka

Here's an adage which I think is true: every theory of parenting is implicitly a theory of society. It follows that even if you aren't a parent now, nor ever intend to be one, if you're interested in society and culture, you ought to be interested in the topic because the

Read more →