By Alain Badiou
English-speaking readers will be stunned to profit that Alain Badiou writes fiction and performs with his philosophical works and they are only as very important to realizing his higher highbrow undertaking. In Ahmed the thinker, Badiou's so much interesting and obtainable play, translated into English right here for the 1st time, readers are brought to Badiou's philosophy via a theatrical travel de strength that has met with a lot luck in France.
Ahmed the thinker offers its comedian hero, the "treacherous servant" Ahmed, as a seductively trenchant thinker whilst it casts philosophy itself as a comic book functionality. The comedy unfolds as a chain of classes, with each one "short play" or caricature illuminating a distinct Badiousian inspiration. but Ahmed does greater than illustrate philosophical abstractions; he embodies and vivifies the theatrical and performative features of philosophy, mobilizing a comic book power that exposes the vacancy and pomp of the area. via his instance, the viewers is moved to a dwelling engagement with philosophy, researching in it the ability to wreck during the limits of way of life.
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Extra resources for Ahmed the Philosopher: Thirty-Four Short Plays for Children and Everyone Else
Origin 34. Contradiction 25 1. NOTHING Ahmed, Moustache. Ahmed takes the stage and points his stick threateningly at the audience. AHMED . What are you looking at? There’s nothing here. Me, Ahmed, I’m absolutely nothing. Superlatively nothing. And, believe me, looking at nothing is exactly the same as not looking. 1 Ahmed’s improvisations on nothing. He tries to make himself look as narrow and as shrunken as possible, as if he were disappearing on stage. If one of you were clever, really a genius, better at straightening out the messes of the world than Ahmed and Einstein put together, you’d say this right into my nothing-face: “My little Ahmed-nothing, how do you know that you’re nothing?
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. You end up with the Trappists and the traps and 51 Ahmed the philosopher the convents and the covers. And then you’re discovered down on all fours in front of your friendly neighborhood Arab so you can get out of the stinking hole you’ve dug yourself into.
It’s nothing. It’s a false alarm. I find false alarms worse than anything, when you know it’s going to happen. We’re all 32 Ahmed the philosopher nervous enough already, we’re tired of waiting, and then there’s this false alarm, over on the left side, which really puts us on edge. If there’s going to be an alarm, at least it could be a true one! A false alarm is one of life’s biggest misfortunes. Anyway! Let’s wait. Improvisation on waiting. Mind you, sometimes a false alarm is a relief. It’s a relief from the waiting.
Ahmed the Philosopher: Thirty-Four Short Plays for Children and Everyone Else by Alain Badiou