Dr Andy Martin, a lecturer in French philosophy at Cambridge University, has created a "new branch of thought" based on David Beckham's imagined philosophical awakening during his time playing for Paris Saint Germain.
This "thought branch" is called Becksistentialism, which Dr Martin calls "existentialism but with a very cool haircut", and is based on his blog, Becks in Paris. The blog is described as imagining "Beckham's internal monologue as he collides with the Parisian intellectual tradition - the glittering surface of a footballing icon cracked open by existentialism. Golden boy deconstructed."
Dr Martin will be presenting a lecture on Becksistentialism at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, and says he views Beckham as having taken a similar journey to Voltaire's Candide, who he says starts out as the ultimate optimist but is "forced by life to take a more complex view."
The Cambridge Festival of Ideas starts today, and runs until 3 November.