Philosophers World Cup: Group Stage – June 13

Welcome to the second day of the Philosophers World Cup. Today’s matches include Mexico vs Cameroon, Spain vs Netherlands, and Chile vs Australia. Below, you can find match reports and scores. As always, refer to the introduction for what this feature series is about.




Mexico vs Cameroon

Cameroon gets an early advantage as this match will take place in the French corpus. The Mexican side are nevertheless in high spirits, and are looking to score a victory every bit as impressive as their Group A rival Brazil managed yesterday.

First Half: Alfonso Reyes (MEX) vs Luc Sindjoun (CMR)

Mexico starts strong and scores an early goal thanks to the fluid play of Alfonso Reyes. Cameroon makes a push late and Luc Sindjoun plays well, but unfortunately no goals come of it.

First Half Scores: Mexico 1, Cameroon 0


Second Half: Enrique Dussel (MEX) vs Ajume Wingo (CMR)

Despite heading into the half with confidence, Cameroon plays anemically in the second half. Behind the play of Argentinian transplant Enrique Dussel, Mexico add two more goals to their tally on their way to a shutout win.

Second Half Scores: Mexico 2, Cameroon 0


Final Score:
Mexico  3 – 0  Cameroon

Spain vs Netherlands

This is one of the most eagerly anticipated matches of the group stage. The winner of this match will likely be the winner of Group B and expectations are high for both teams. Netherlands gets the early break, as random lot determines that this match will take place in their preferred corpus of German.

First Half: Ramon Llull (ESP) vs Johan Huizinga (NED)

In a bit of bad luck for the Spaniards, little-known polymath Ramon Llull becomes the one Spaniard able to cut through the Netherlands’ defense, where he finds seminal cultural historian Johan Huizinga standing in net. Huizinga is more than game to stop Llull, making several easy saves with flair and setting up a series of counterattacks that leads to two goals. Spain is off to a disastrous start that will likely cost them the top position in Group B.

First Half Scores: Spain 0, Netherlands 2


Second Half: Ignatius of Loyola (ESP) vs Pierre Bayle (NED)

Spain starts the second half in need of a miracle, which luckily arrives when Ignatius of Loyola, Saint and the founder of the Jesuit Order, is drawn against Protestant theologian Pierre Bayle. Ignatius scored his first goal quickly, soaring through the Dutch defense. Bayle nearly prevented Ignatius from scoring a second goal, but was ultimately unable to keep up with the fleet-footed holy man. Thus, the Spaniards see their first match transform from a crushing defeat into an improbable draw.

Second Half Scores: Spain 2, Netherlands 0


Final Score:
Spain  2 – 2  Netherlands

Chile vs Australia

With the Group B front runners playing each other to a draw, the winners of this match will temporarily sit atop Group B and be in a good position to advance if they can cause what would be an admittedly huge upset. The Chilean side has their spirits lifted when it is announced that the match will take place in the Spanish corpus.

First Half: Raúl Silva Henríquez (CHI) vs Francis Anderson (AUS)

Early Australian philosopher Francis Anderson plays a disastrous half that allows former Cardinal Raúl Silva Henríquez to run rampant over the Australian defense, leading to two Chilean goals.

First Half Scores: Chile 2, Australia 0


Second Half: José Victorino Lastarria (CHI) vs David Malet Armstrong (AUS)

Despite their disastrous first half, Australia is feeling confident when analytic philosophy titan David Malet Armstrong emerges as the impact player in the second half. Surely Armstrong, one of the late-twentieth century’s most discussed philosophers, would be able to make up the goal differential, especial when matched against the rather obscure José Victorino Lastarria. What a shock it was then to see the Chilean side not only maintain their lead but increase it, scoring another goal in the second half. Armstrong will go down as one of the tournament’s most disappointing players thanks to his barely-there performance today.

Second Half Scores: Chile 1, Australia 0


Final Score:
Chile  3 – 0  Australia


Mexico won a decisive victory against Cameroon, but will be disappointed that they were unable to equal the four goals scored by Brazil. Group B looks only slightly clearer after today’s matches than it did before the tournament began. Spain and the Netherlands are still expected to advance, but now must catch up to Chile’s imposing +3 goal differential. Spain can breathe easier than the Netherlands since the chances of Chile beating Spain in the Spanish corpus are remote at best. Australia’s Philosophers World Cup essentially ended today, as their -3 goal differential means that they will have to beat both Spain and the Netherlands to have a chance to advance.

Armstrong’s showing today has wider implications for the tournament beyond merely signifying the demise of Australia. Analytic philosophy is the dominant school in contemporary philosophy in the anglosphere. However, its relevance beyond straight philosophy is minimal and, outside of the anglosphere, its importance is somewhat marginal. This surely will cause other nations with analytic philosophers on their roster (e.g., England and the United States) to take pause.

Relevant Group Standings:
Group A
Brazil 3 pts, +4 GD
Mexico 3 pts, +3 GD
Cameroon 0 pts, -3 GD
Croatia 0 pts, -4 GD

Group B
Chile 3 pts, +3 GD
Netherlands 1 pt
Spain 1 pt
Australia 0 pts, -3 GD

Full group standings can be found here.


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