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Freud, Nietzsche, Carnap, and Marx play Monopoly

March 13, 2014 | By Abraham | 17 comments

Existential Comics imagines what would probably happen if several of the greatest German thinkers sat down to a game of Monopoly…

Germans Play Monopoly - 01

Germans Play Monopoly - 02

17 Comments

  1. cer says:

    Wait a minute. I can’t draw, too. I neither did really get what these people have thought and written.
    And I can’t understand the difference between philosophy, psychology and human sciences.
    Maybe I should make a comic about it?

    1. JFC says:

      I’d suggest that you write pointless, passive-aggressive comments about about it instead, but you seem to have that covered already.

    2. Y2K says:

      1. Human sciences is a *branch* of philosophy, get your facts straight.
      2. Marx, Nietzsche and Carnap are all being studied and taught in all contemporary philosophy departments.
      3. Please don’t speak of the things about which you know little or nothing, and especially don’t be snide about it. That only makes you seem foolish. Cheers.

  2. Bicycle Bill says:

    “When your opponent’s sittin’ there holding all aces, there’s only one thing left to do: Kick over the table.”
          …..Dean Martin in “Robin and the Seven Hoods”

    -”BB”-

  3. Jamash says:

    Gramsci should be there given these European heavyweights are apparently playing an American game of Monopoly.

    1. Drew says:

      The car is the most phallic because it fits the momentary observation, and makes the theory work very nicely. Carnap (in this cartoon) is absolutely right about Freud.

  4. Juan González says:

    Am I the only one who notices some kind of criticism against Marx thinking (in a heavy capitalist way) at the end of the cartoon? In my opinion, it wants to convice us that Marx’s proposals are just a bunch of incoherent, childish and non-based statements. We all need to be highly assertive at whatever we do, friends.

    (For those ones that are likely to complain at me, I’ve laughed in front of my screen for a while with this joke, ans, what a surprise, I am not in favour of uncle Karl’s ideas).

    Just a glance.

    1. Jason Gentile says:

      It is reasonably ascertainable that Marx’s inability to manage money (and indeed, frequent mooching off of those around him) was at least an influential factor in his philosophy.

    2. Slack says:

      I get the idea its saying that when your system is screwed……Revolution is in order. It was a good laugh.

  5. Christopher says:

    I can see why this is very popular, but Nietzsche is totally unrepresented. He was not a racist, and did not consider his concept of the Ubermensch along racial grounds.

    This kind of unlettered pop only brews misunderstanding about and distrust of our great literary heritage.

  6. MIke says:

    Gotta love all the philosophy, psychology and political buffs taking a webcomic wayyyyy too seriously.

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