By Alain Badiou
English-speaking readers can be shocked to profit that Alain Badiou writes fiction and performs with his philosophical works and they are only as very important to figuring out his better highbrow venture. In Ahmed the thinker, Badiou's such a lot enjoyable and available play, translated into English right here for the 1st time, readers are brought to Badiou's philosophy via a theatrical journey de strength that has met with a lot luck in France.
Ahmed the thinker provides its comedian hero, the "treacherous servant" Ahmed, as a seductively trenchant thinker at the same time it casts philosophy itself as a comic book functionality. The comedy unfolds as a sequence of classes, with each one "short play" or comic strip illuminating a unique Badiousian inspiration. but Ahmed does greater than illustrate philosophical abstractions; he embodies and vivifies the theatrical and performative facets of philosophy, mobilizing a comic book strength that exposes the vacancy and pomp of the realm. via his instance, the viewers is moved to a residing engagement with philosophy, gaining knowledge of in it the ability to wreck during the limits of lifestyle.
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Now I’ve got it! That’s even a mnemonic device: I ate a pc deep sea pea. AHMED. I ate a pc deep sea pea! That’s a very powerful ecological and vegetarian statement! With this acronym, you even get an extra aspect. 38 Ahmed the philosopher RHUBARB (knowingly). Sometimes, it’s the word that creates the thing. OK, I gotta run. . AHMED. Between the word and the thing, there’s nothing. When there’s something, it’s a long-eared ass. I ate a pc deep sea pea! There’ll be neither word nor thing, that’s what I think.
Your politics leads you to steal left and right. Perfect. You’re caught red-handed with your hand in the cookie jar. Excellent. Here’s Doctor Ahmed’s prescription: no politics can be covered up. People, even children, discover cover-ups. You can’t even cover the table with a tablecloth without being discovered. So change politics, Madame Pompestan! There isn’t one politics, dammit, there are lots of different politics. Yours is boring. All you do is manage some wretched business deals, persecute the weakest: me, Ahmed, for starters, and God knows I stand up for myself.
I’ll find you eventually, here or somewhere else, really close or really far, and then you’ll get an earful! Fenda disappears backstage, from which we hear a whole racket of searching. AHMED. By Allah! This is worse than talking to a sleeping crocodile! I’m going back there. I have to go back there. If I stay here, she’ll stay there, and we’ll both be somewhere else. 42 Ahmed the philosopher Ahmed leaves his seat and walks onto the stage. Fenda returns, exhausted and covered in dust, as if she’d been rummaging around in someone’s attic.
Ahmed the Philosopher: Thirty-Four Short Plays for Children and Everyone Else by Alain Badiou